August 10, 2021
Aeva, which develops next-generation sensing and perception systems, has announced a strategic collaboration with Nikon, which manufactures metrology and inspection equipment for industrial automation. The companies plan to focus on bringing Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) 4D lidar with unique micron-level measurement capabilities to high-precision industrial automation and metrology applications.
The companies said the goal of the partnership is to develop next-generation industrial solutions using Aeva’s unique 4D lidar on chip technology. By leveraging Nikon’s position in laser radar technology and knowledge of industrial precision, Aeva and Nikon said they expect to accelerate adoption of joint products in industrial automation, metrology, and manufacturing applications.
“We are delighted with the opportunity to use Aeva’s ground-breaking technology to jointly bring to market metrology solutions that provide our industrial customers with unmatched functionality, combining higher accuracy that is scalable, lower cost, more compact and provides superior performance than current solutions,” said Tadashi Nakayama, CEO of Nikon Metrology.
“This marks a milestone for Aeva’s expansion strategy beyond autonomous driving applications,” said Soroush Salehian, co-founder and CEO of Aeva. “We’re excited to work closely with a leader like Nikon in an established market with massive growth potential as we accelerate our expansion into industrial applications, targeting product release in 2025. By leveraging our common core lidar chip architecture that we’ve already developed for automotive applications, we can bring industry leading costs to volume scale, which we believe has the potential to upend the growing industrial automation industry.”
“Our 4D lidar on chip technology has the capability to provide unparalleled performance through proprietary software on existing hardware,” said Mina Rezk, co-founder and CTO at Aeva. “This solution will achieve measurements with micron-level accuracy and will unlock entirely new applications beyond autonomous driving. Nikon is a world leader when it comes to delivering high precision industrial solutions of the highest quality, and we’re thrilled to collaborate to bring our unique technology to industrial applications.”
For more details on Aeva’s perception technology, which includes applications from automated driving, consumer electronics, consumer health, industrial robotics, and security, visit the company website here.