Autonomous Intelligent Driving (AID), a wholly-owned subsidiary of AUDI AG and the “center of excellence” for Volkswagen Group’s autonomous driving system, has announced a new partnership with Aeva.
Autonomous transport company, Aeva intend to build the next-generation sensing systems for autonomous vehicles and will develop and equip part of AID’s new Audi e-tron test vehicles in Munich with its 4D LiDAR technology.
AID’s CTO, Alexandre Haag said, ‘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,’ added Haag.
Aeva’s 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.
Mina Rezk, Aeva Co-Founder said, ‘ 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.’