Aeva & ZF’s Commercially Viable FMCW LiDAR Sensors for Autonomous Cars

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California-based Aeva has struck a new partnership with global automotive manufacturer ZF to develop the world’s first Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) LiDAR sensors.

The partnership will capitalize on ZF’s position as a top global Tier-1 supplier, and Aeva’s state-of-the-art FMCW LiDAR sensors, bringing next-generation sensing and perception systems to the automotive industry. The partnership will accelerate the wide-scale production of 4D LiDAR technology for use in self-driving vehicles.

A Future of Self-Driving Cars

Recent years have seen increasing excitement over predictions that self-driving cars will dominate our roads in the near future. In 2016, it was predicted that there would be 10 million self-driving cars already on the road by 2020. However, while leading automotive manufacturers have made great strides towards getting fully autonomous vehicles on our roads, the industry predictions have yet to be realized.

To create a future where we can benefit from reduced congestion, greater safety, reduced emissions, and increased productivity promised by the establishment self-driving vehicles, it is vital that the technology required to make this a reality continues to show significant advancements.

Self-driving vehicles rely heavily on accurate and reliable sensors that relay a wealth of data in real-time. …

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