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Japanese mobility supplier, DENSO, has announced a partnership with U.S. LiDAR and perception systems start-up, Aeva, to develop 4D sensing and perception systems. Together, the companies will advance Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) LiDAR, a groundbreaking solution that measures velocity, in addition to depth and reflectivity, and bring it to the mass vehicle market.

Aeva was founded in 2017 by former Apple engineers Soroush Salehian and Mina Rezk and has received strategic investments from Porsche SE.

Kazuma Natsume, Director of AD & ADAS Engineering Div. 2 at DENSO, says: “Aeva’s FMCW 4D LiDAR solution addresses the missing link for perception in automated driving and advanced driver-assistance systems, with its unique ability to meet the stringent automotive performance and safety requirements. We look forward to collaborating with Aeva to further develop FMCW LiDAR, bring it to the mass market and create a society free from traffic accidents.”

Soroush Salehian, Co-Founder and CEO at Aeva, adds: “DENSO is a leader in commercializing advanced technologies at affordable costs and our collaboration is further evidence that Aeva’s 4D LiDAR provides what we believe will be an unparalleled combination of superior performance and scalability. We’re excited to work alongside DENSO to bring Aeva’s 4D LiDAR to global OEMs looking to implement automated driving across their vehicle programs at scale.”

Aeva remains on track to complete its previously announced business combination agreement with InterPrivate Acquisition Corp (NYSE: IPV), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), in the first quarter of 2021. The combined company is expected to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol, “AEVA”.


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