10 Jan 2024
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As in previous years, several lidar developers have announced significant developments in technology and commercial traction in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) event in Las Vegas. Here’s our round-up of the latest news:
Aeva and Daimler Trucks deal
As well as the launch of its new “Atlas” lidar aimed at mass-production deployments in the automotive sector, Silicon Valley-based Aeva revealed that it had signed up Daimler Truck as a major customer for the technology.
Under the collaboration, Aeva will supply the Atlas systems to Daimler Truck and also work with Daimler’s software subsidiary Torc Robotics, to enable so-called “Level 4” autonomous vehicle capabilities — initially on Class 8 Freightliner Cascadia trucks.
“Daimler Truck intends to integrate the lidar sensors directly in its production process, making it easy for customers to buy autonomous ready trucks directly out of its manufacturing plants without the need for sensors to be retrofitted,” said Aeva, which announced last week that a production ramp is expected “by mid-decade”.
Aeva specializes in ultra-compact frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) lidar that senses both the position and velocity of objects on the road, and said previously that its technology would be replacing older time-of-flight lidar sensors. It expects initial sales revenues for the Daimler deal by the end of March.
Joanna Buttler, the head of Daimler Truck’s Global Autonomous Technology Group, said: “Together with Torc, we are well on track to offer autonomous trucks to the US market by 2027.”
Those trucks are set to be equipped with sensor sets combining FMCW lidar with radar and camera technology. “This enables safe handling adapted to the respective situation on highways, surface roads and ramps, as well as when turning at controlled intersections,” state the firms.
Aeva CTO and co-founder Mina Rezk said of the latest product launch: “Atlas is the key development that will enable OEMs to equip their vehicles with advanced safety and automated…