AID partners with Aeva on next-generation sensor for autonomous driving

17 April 2019

AID partners with Aeva on next-generation sensor for autonomous driving

AID extends its Partnership Program, aiming to accelerate time-to-market for AID-enabled autonomous driving systems, while increasing vehicle safety.

AID (Autonomous Intelligent Driving), a wholly-owned subsidiary of AUDI and the 'centre of excellence' for Volkswagen Group’s autonomous driving systems, today announced a new partnership with sensor specialists, Aeva.

The Silicon Valley company building the next-generation sensing systems for autonomous vehicles will develop and equip part of AID’s new Audi e-tron test vehicles in Munich with its 4D LiDAR technology.

“In this phase, it is important that we keep pushing our Strategic Partnership Program forward, and work together with the best players in the market. Aeva represents another important step in our goal to drive fully autonomously across urban areas within the next few years. Aeva’s 4D LiDAR technology is a clear top choice for perception with its unique combination of long range, instantaneous velocity measurements at cm/s precision and robustness to interferences in a single package.” said Alexandre Haag, AID's CTO.

“From early on, it was crucial for us to work closely with a seasoned strategic partner that could help us showcase the impact of our 4D LiDAR’s differentiating features in unblocking the limitations of current perception solutions. Over the past year, we’ve worked closely with AID & VW group engineering teams through a comprehensive validation process toward meeting the requirements of the next urban autonomous driving system,” said Mina Rezk, Aeva Co-Founder.

How is Aeva´s 4D LiDAR technology different?

Unlike most conventional time-of-flight LiDAR technology – where high-power pulses of light are used and the flight time for each pulse is measured to create a 3D map of the environment – Aeva’s unique sensing technology is based on light interference, and uses continuous low-power laser to sense instant velocity of every point per frame, at ranges up to 300m.

This produces a 4D map of the environment and, in particular, the velocity information drastically enhances the detection and classification of pedestrians and other critical objects. Aeva’s technology is also free from interference from other sensors or sunlight.

Together, these features strengthen AID’s proprietary perception capabilities and fundamentally improve the safety of autonomous driving vehicles. Aeva’s system is also scalable by design, with the integration of all core optical components on its proprietary chip, which is a critical requirement for AID’s mass scale goal.

“Audi’s AID is an excellent strategic partner for Aeva. Its position as the centre of excellence for autonomous driving within VW Group has provided us with invaluable feedback to continue developing our product for mass scale. We are excited to work alongside AID toward realising a truly differentiated autonomous mobility system that is safe, simple & scalable in the next couple of years.” said Soroush Salehian, Aeva Co-Founder.

About Aeva

Aeva was founded in 2017 by Soroush Salehian and Mina Rezk – previously engineering leaders at Apple & Nikon. Headquartered in Mountain View California, Aeva is building the next-generation sensing system for autonomous vehicles that is safe, simple, and scalable. For more information, please visit www.aeva.ai

About AID – Autonomous Intelligent Driving

AID-Autonomous Intelligent Driving is bringing together the world's top software, robotics, AI and automotive talents to build a future where autonomous driving is embraced by humans. By understanding the human challenges as well as the engineering ones, the technology we are testing today on the streets of Munich will become the backbone of a universal self-driving system – capable of transforming life in urban environments for billions of people. With the agility of a start-up and the support of Audi (VW Group), AID is free to craft an autonomous world that works for everyone – from manufacturers to passengers to city planners to pedestrians. To find out more, please visit aid-driving.eu


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