Vayyar Imaging, a leader in 4D imaging radar, has become the world’s first and only company to comply with in-cabin radio frequency standards worldwide after receiving the FCC waiver for operation of 60GHz radar inside US vehicles.
The Tier 2 supplier’s globally approved reference design is also EU ETSI-compliant and JP TELEC-certified, making it the first universal 60GHz in-cabin solution on a single SKU.
The FCC’s landmark decision to grant Vayyar a waiver is set to boost in-cabin safety, paving the way for its radar-based applications designed to prevent ‘hot car’ tragedies – when children are left in vehicles and succumb to vehicular heatstroke – to be installed in more cars.
In addition to worldwide radio compliance, Vayyar’s in-cabin 4D imaging radar meets Euro NCAP’s 2023 Child Presence Detection (CPD) and Seat Belt Reminder (SBR) requirements, serving as a powerful, high-resolution platform that enables auto makers to provide unprecedented safety on a global scale.
The company claims its solution could save countless lives annually by triggering alerts if children are left in vehicles and by ensuring that all vehicle occupants are properly restrained. Vayyar’s solution provides comprehensive detection and classification of all vehicle occupants, allowing any model to earn up to 7.5 Euro NCAP in-car safety points.
“Being the world’s only company to secure an FCC waiver, Japan certification and European compliance puts Vayyar in pole position for in-cabin safety,” said Ian Podkamien, VP and head of automotive at Vayyar. “With growing industry demand for affordable, unified safety solutions that reduce complexity and costs, our road-ready platform will accelerate industry-wide transformation as we further our mission of protecting every life on the road.”
Offering unprecedented multifunctionality on a single-chip platform, Vayyar says its solution enhances safety while cutting complexity and costs by supporting multiple applications beyond CPD and SBR, with just one sensor. The end-to-end software-hardware platform also enables Occupant Monitoring Status (OMS), optimized airbag deployment, seatbelt pre-tensioning, advanced eCall, vital signs, gesture recognition, out-of-position detection, intruder detection, and more.
As a result of its ultra-wide field of view, just one RFIC covers up to three complete seating rows and all footwells, as well as the open trunk. A high-resolution 48-antenna MIMO array provides rich detection and classification data on all occupants, as well as their posture and position. The sensor’s uniform rear ceiling installation accommodates all passenger vehicles including full-sized SUVs and cars with sunroofs.