August 1, 2022
Aeva, which develops next-generation sensing and perception systems, has announced a strategic multi-year collaboration with SICK AG. The collaboration will bring Aeva’s Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) 4D lidar to several industrial sensing applications, including long-range sensing with its Aeries II sensor.
“We are pleased to partner with Aeva and work closely together to bring its FMCW technology to high-performance industrial sensing applications,” said Niels Syassen, member of the executive board responsible for technology and digitization at SICK. “We are convinced that their unique approach to FMCW technology, which includes instant velocity detection and long-range performance, will provide new opportunities for us and our customers in a variety of industrial sensing applications where traditional time of flight lidar technologies are challenged.”
Aeva said its FMCW 4D lidar provides unique perception advantages over other sensing technologies, such as cameras and legacy 3D lidar sensors. This includes better dynamic range performance to perceive low and high reflectivity targets within the same measurement without edge effects, which allows automated machinery to transition more easily from indoor to outdoor operation. Because the technology is immune to blooming and ghosting from retroreflectors, automated machines using the 4D lidar will have clear perception when highly reflective objects, including safety vests, cones and tape are in the field of view of the sensor. The company said the technology clearly detects low and highly reflective objects such as safety vests, pylons, and adhesive tapes within the sensor’s field of view, increasing reliability and efficiency in 3D applications.
“SICK is one of the foremost leaders in industrial sensing solutions and today’s partnership is a major step forward for the advancement of high performance and reliable FMCW-based sensing across a broad set of industrial applications,” said Soroush Salehian, co-founder and CEO at Aeva. “This strategic collaboration is a testament to the industry-leading performance and versatility of our unique 4D lidar technology for scaled deployment in industrial applications.”
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