Automotive supplier Marelli and WHST (Wuhu SensorTech Intelligent Technology), a radar specialist headquartered in Wuhu (China), have signed a cooperation agreement focused on radar sensors, devoted to advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) applications.
Under the agreement, WHST will provide technology and engineering services related to radar integration, on an exclusive basis aimed at the Chinese market, later broadening in scope to other regions in the world. Specifically, the collaboration will focus on radars using 77GHz and 79GHz applications for 4D radar, to be integrated by Marelli into headlamps, rear lamps, smart grilles but also standalone corner and long-range radar and newest cockpit radar technology.
“We are extremely glad to begin this close collaboration with WHST, as a supplier for strategic sensors like radars, on the key Chinese market and then also on a broader scale,” stated Sylvain Dubois, CEO of Marelli’s Automotive Lighting division.
“This agreement lies in the path of the ongoing evolution of the automotive lighting sector: with the ‘eyes’ of the cars increasingly changing over the years, as Marelli Automotive Lighting we have already started our strategy to integrate into our solutions and offer the best technologies for sensor perception and integration, in order to enable ADAS and the various levels of AD.”
Dr Yi Qin, CEO of WHST, added, “It has been a great privilege to work with Marelli, who is a world leading independent automotive supplier. In contrast, WHST is a very young company who is eager to bring innovations to automotive industry.
“Through this partnership, we are agreed to lavish resources to joint develop this project that enable us to face the more and more challenging market. Over a period of one year, Marelli and WHST have been working as a team of one, developing an exciting Smart corner project integrating our radar with lighting from Marelli. I hope this is the first step of working towards deeper partnership.”