Self-driving startup Aeva says its sensor can detect vehicles over 500m away

Self-driving sensor startup Aeva Technologies Inc., based by former Apple Inc. engineers, mentioned on Thursday its sensor can detect different vehicles from past 500 meters (1,640 ft) and pedestrians from a distance of greater than 350 meters.

Aeva makes a lidar sensor that helps automobiles achieve a three-dimensional map of the highway and can additionally detect the movement of distant objects, serving to distinguish between non-moving objects like bushes and pedestrians or cyclists. Aeva has offers with automotive suppliers Denso Corp. and ZF Friedrichshafen AG for mass manufacturing of its sensors.

The detection vary of lidar sensors is a key metric for automakers as a result of longer detection ranges imply a self-driving car has extra time to decide, particularly at larger speeds.

Other firms corresponding to Aeye Inc., which German automotive supplier Continental AG bought a stake in last year, have mentioned they can detect different vehicles at 300 meters.

Lidars ship out laser beams and detect their reflections once they bounce again off their environment to generate a picture. A key problem is detecting darkish objects that don’t replicate a lot mild.

Aeva mentioned a proprietary chip it has developed permits its sensors to detect objects with under 10 % reflectivity at lengthy ranges.

“We aim to offer a combination of performance and scalability that we believe to be unmatched in the industry,” Mina Rezk, co-founder and chief know-how officer of Aeva, mentioned in a press release. 

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