Are sensor companies ready to make a big difference in the autonomous vehicle industry?

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) equipped with the latest innovations could fuel the future of mobility.

Autonomous driving generally refers to self-driving vehicles that move without human driver intervention. Levels of autonomous driving range from level 0 (no automation) to level 5 (full vehicle autonomy).

While companies prefer Tesla Inc. TSLA Several startups offering assisted-driving features, including Waymo, Cruise, Aurora and Tusimple, are said to be developing technology that they claim could make driving itself a thing of the past.

Technology startup Waymo, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. Google, General Motors Company GM and Chinese technology company Baidu Inc. point There are some of the biggest players in the AV industry, but smaller technology and sensor companies are also playing big roles in the industry.

Foresight Autonomous Holdings Limited FRSX FRSX, founded in 2015, is an example of a technology company engaged in the design, development and commercialization of sensor systems for the automotive industry. The company develops smart multispectral 3D vision software solutions that can be applied in diverse markets.

Farsightedness uses stereo camera technology intended to serve as the eyes of semi- and fully-autonomous vehicles. The company says that its vision sensor is a four-camera system, which is based on advanced algorithms for 3D video analysis and image processing.

A technology that trumps LIDAR for AVs in defense?

Autonomous vehicles are commonly known to use advanced sensors known as LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) – a light-sensing technology that uses a laser and receiver to create a 3D map of the vehicle’s surroundings. Is.

Foresight states that its solution is differentiated through the use of a passive, non-emitting technology for its sensors, which – unlike LIDAR systems – remains undetectable – and is highly sought after in the defense industry, according to the company. .

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The company’s proprietary camera-based sensor technology, known as QuadSightⓇ, provides multispectral vision for autonomous vehicles with exceptionally accurate obstruction in harsh light and weather conditions including complete darkness, rain, haze, haze and glare – Recognition abilities.

This can solve two main challenges facing the AV industry: the ability to detect any obstacles on the road and operate safely even in extreme weather and light conditions, and to enable AVs to digitally understand their environment. To equip with all the necessary senses to be competent.

Foresight received its first commercial order for product development and customization in 2020 from Elbit Systems Ltd. , a major Israeli defense integrator. The orders relate to the supply of Foresight’s quadsight prototype with wide-angle field-of-view detection capabilities. The announcement means Foresight will test its technology and adapt its solution to meet Elbit’s requirements.

QuadSight’s passive, non-emitting solution for Elbit creates a high-resolution-point cloud that provides a unique 3D perception of the environment using both visible-light and thermal cameras without leaving an energy signature for an adversary. – which makes it ideal for self-defense. Related projects.

It also empowers autonomous features such as obstacle detection, terrain analysis and navigation planning in the most challenging conditions, including off-road driving and zero-visibility sandstorms.

According to Foresight, these capabilities allow the autonomous vehicle’s decision-making system to make more accurate real-time decisions.

Foresight states that its sales cycle includes four phases: prototype sales, proof of concepts and co-development, design wins and mass production.

So far, it has delivered 14 prototype systems to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and entered into paid proof-of-concepts (POCs) with a major European OEM and a major Chinese passenger car manufacturer.

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The Elbit deal helped Foresight move the needle further in its sales cycle, shifting its focus to design and mass manufacturing. The main markets for foresight technology are passenger cars, commercial vehicles, defense and agricultural equipment.

Elbit recently demonstrated its new UGV with QuadSight integrated technology at a security and defense exhibition in Paris, France. An unmanned robot serves as a powerful use case of Foresight’s technology with an end customer for QuadSight to be used in a combat vehicle, and as a validator for the company’s co-development work with Elbit. acts as. This allows Foresight to prove their ability to meet the needs of other market segments, such as heavy equipment vehicles, trucks and passenger cars, and could make its QuadSight system an important building block that supports Level 3 (Conditional Automation). ), will enable 4. High Automation) and 5 (Full Automation) of vehicle autonomy in many industries and applications.

To learn more about Foresight and its QuadSight technology, click here.

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