Episode 86 - The Enablers of Automation: Sensor Innovation from Spartan Radar

Radar systems that use AI to dynamically and adaptively scan the environment based on changing conditions have been science-fact — not science-fiction — for more than a decade. But the current systems are just scratching the surface.  

Spartan Radar’s Tyler Rather, Chief Technology Officer, and Robert Brown, Chief Strategy Officer, discuss their team’s work to develop high-resolution radar AI that emulates human perception models and achieves lightning-fast processing and focus—and a revolutionary sensor fusion technology they believe could be as influential as Ford’s Model T.

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Meet Our Guest


Chief Strategy Officer, Spartan Radar

Robert Brown is the Chief Strategy Officer for Spartan Radar. He guides Spartan to scale its biomimetic imaging radar to solve persistent perception challenges that have impeded commercialization of automated mobility for all industry sectors: in trucking, mining, and delivery. Robert's extensive work in the tech, transportation and public sector has always been driven by a fundamental mission of safety, transparency, and tangible results. He was a core member of the TuSimple team that built a go-to-market strategy around autonomous truck technology through OEM relationships, customer integrations, and strategic partnerships that resulted in a successful initial public offering in early 2021. He also worked for the state of California and was a lobbyist in Washington D.C. Robert graduated from San Diego State University and taught at Oxford University.

Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder, Spartan Radar

Tyler Rather is the Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of Spartan Radar. He leads the engineering team through the research, implementation, and maturation of advanced automotive radar technologies. A seasoned technology innovator with deep insights into sensor integration, Tyler has led teams of scientists and engineers in the development of digital RF technologies for radar applications, and he holds a U.S. patent. The former Director of Digital RF for Physical Optics Corporation, Tyler also spent 12 years managing teams and engineering radar solutions for Raytheon. Tyler holds a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.

Our Host


Innovation Strategist & Co-Founder, Brulte & Company

Grayson Brulte is an autonomous mobility advisor and consultant who provides strategic counsel and political insights to help clients navigate what’s next.

As an SAE strategic partner since 2017, Grayson brings his in-depth industry knowledge to host SAE Tomorrow Today. His unique perspective factors in economics, politics and technology into one-of-kind weekly conversations with innovators changing mobility and its impact on society.

Grayson is a thought-leader who regularly provides insights to publications including Bloomberg, Reuters, The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Hollywood Reporter and Forbes. His written opinions and insights have been featured by organizations including the Consumer Technology Association in presentations to the Federal Trade Commission.

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