One More Almost Self Driving Technology Going Public Surprise! - DENSO and U.S. Start-up Aeva Collaborate to Bring 4D LiDAR to Mass Vehicle Market
Japanese mobility supplier, DENSO, has announced (see official press release below) a partnership with U.S. LiDAR and perception systems start-up, Aeva, to develop 4D sensing and perception systems. Together, the companies will advance Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) LiDAR, a groundbreaking solution that measures velocity, in addition to depth and reflectivity, and bring it to the mass vehicle market.
Aeva was founded in 2017 by former Apple engineers Soroush Salehian and Mina Rezk and has received strategic investments from Porsche SE.
Kazuma Natsume, Director of AD & ADAS Engineering Div. 2 at DENSO, says: “Aeva’s FMCW 4D LiDAR solution addresses the missing link for perception in automated driving and advanced driver-assistance systems, with its unique ability to meet the stringent automotive performance and safety requirements. We look forward to collaborating with Aeva to further develop FMCW LiDAR, bring it to the mass market and create a society free from traffic accidents.”
Soroush Salehian, Co-Founder and CEO at Aeva, adds: “DENSO is a leader in commercializing advanced technologies at affordable costs and our collaboration is further evidence that Aeva’s 4D LiDAR provides what we believe will be an unparalleled combination of superior performance and scalability. We’re excited to work alongside DENSO to bring Aeva’s 4D LiDAR to global OEMs looking to implement automated driving across their vehicle programs at scale.”
Aeva remains on track to complete its previously announced business combination agreement with InterPrivate Acquisition Corp , a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), in the first quarter of 2021. The combined company is expected to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol, “AEVA”.DENSO Collaborates with Aeva to Bring New LiDAR to Market
- Collaboration boosts DENSO's development of sensing and perception systems, supports company goal to deliver accident-free society -
KARIYA, JAPAN, Jan 20, 2021 - DENSO, a leading mobility supplier, has announced a partnership with U.S. LiDAR and perception systems company, Aeva, to develop next-generation sensing and perception systems. Together, the companies will advance Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) LiDAR, a groundbreaking solution that measures velocity, in addition to depth and reflectivity, and bring it to the mass vehicle market.
LiDAR plays a key role in automated driving and advanced driver-assistance systems. At present, most LiDAR systems use the Time of Flight (TOF) method to operate. This method accurately detects the distance and direction of objects by emitting pulse laser beams and measuring the time taken to receive the beams reflected by the objects. It can detect the positions of objects around a vehicle with high resolution, and is expected to provide high-performance detection.
Founded in 2017 by former Apple engineers Soroush Salehian and Mina Rezk, Aeva is developing LiDAR with a new measurement method called FMCW. Unlike the TOF LiDAR, FMCW LiDAR detects not only the distance and direction of objects but also measures the moving speed of objects by emitting laser beams while measureing the changes in frequency of the beams reflected by objects. These capabilities allow FMCW LiDAR to detect moving objects close to a vehicle, such as pedestrians and bicycles, with higher accuracy and speed. As the collaboration progresses, DENSO's deep knowledge of sensing technology and commercialization paired with Aeva's proprietary technology will allow each to further strengthen FMCW LiDAR and innovate perception systems for the future.
The partnership also supports DENSO's goal to eliminate traffic accidents and realize freedom of mobility for all. To do this, the company is focusing on developing technologies that improve road safety, like advanced driver-assistance and automated driving systems; working with public and private partners to promote traffic accident prevention; and innovating solutions that help detect driver health and measure driving skills.