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Continental has announced that it’s strengthening its LiDAR sensor portfolio through a minority investment in LiDAR pioneer AEye, Inc. By partnering with AEye, Continental complements its existing short-range 3D Flash LiDAR technology, which goes into series production later this year. 

Located in Dublin, California, AEye has developed a long-range LiDAR technology that can detect vehicles at a distance of more than 300 metres and pedestrians at a distance of more than 200 metres. 

Frank Petznick, head of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) business unit at Continental, says: “We now have optimum short-range and world-class long-range LiDAR technologies with their complimentary set of benefits under one roof. This puts us in a strong position to cover the full vehicle environment with state-of-the-art LiDAR sensor technology and to facilitate Automated Driving at SAE levels 3 or higher in both passenger cars and commercial vehicle applications.”

Blair LaCorte, CEO of AEye Inc., adds: “ADAS solutions require a unique mix of performance, scalability, packaging, and a long-term commitment to reliability and safety. Continental is a recognized leader in automotive sensing technology as well as in automotive product industrialization and commercialization. We look forward to working closely with their team to customize our modular and scalable design to deliver Continentals high-performance long-range LiDAR systems to the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers.”

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In 2012, Continental became the first automotive supplier worldwide to receive a license for highly automated test drives on public roads in the U.S. state of Nevada. 

To view our interview with AEye’s CEO, click on the link below.

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