Eastern Iowa business shows off their autonomous technology in Germany

Published: Jun. 26, 2017 at 5:46 PM CDT
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Crystal Group in Hiawatha makes the computers that go into autonomous vehicles. They showed off some of their technology during the Autonomous Vehicle Technology World Expo in Stuttgart, Germany last week.

Officials say their servers caught the eyes of people in Stuttgart. The expo was a three day event that let people show off the latest in autonomous technology. Crystal Group worker Jim Shaw explains their computers saying, “It uses things like LIDAR radar, high speed video, even acoustics in some cases. So with that situation it paints a map for what's going around the car in it starts to look for pedestrians stop signs, stop lights, things like that."

Crystal Group expanded to the auto industry almost two years ago. Shaw says, "We're seeing a lot of traction in oil and gas processing, power distribution and autonomous and so that's the new market for us right now."

They hope to test out the technology on Iowa roads in the near future.