Seyond (formerly Innovusion), which provides high-performance lidar sensors and solutions for autonomous vehicles and smart transportation, and Wideye, a corporate scale-up of AGC group specializing in cutting-edge glass solutions for optical sensor integration, have jointly developed an innovative in-cabin lidar solution for vehicles to be presented at CES 2024.
The collaboration focuses on delivering an innovative, practical and visually seamless integration of lidar systems behind vehicle windshields. Following their joint announcement earlier this year to prioritize this integrated approach, the companies revealed an initial mockup at the Shanghai Motor Show. The upcoming product presentation is a critical milestone, showcasing a fully functional prototype featuring a full-size Wideye windshield and Seyond’s operational Robin-E lidar solution, complemented by additional sensors such as cameras and rain-detection technology.
The windshield has always been an obvious location for a lidar sensor in-vehicle integration, given its high mounting position and low impact on vehicle design and its ability to protect sensors from the external environment. Seyond and Wideye have collaborated to solve major hurdles for in-cabin integration such as limiting performance drop with windshield installation angle and having an adequate heat and noise profile in a small form factor.
The demonstration unit to be presented at CES 2024 is intended to show the automotive industry how Seyond and Wideye have overcome those challenges: “We’re very pleased to present this new integration with Wideye to the automotive community at CES,” said Junwei Bao, CEO at Seyond. “This feature is the next step in our goal to provide safer, smarter transportation across the globe, and we look forward to continued partnership and innovation with the company.”
“This is not the first time that we are developing and showcasing lidar integration behind the windshield,” added Gaetan Friart, CEO at Wideye. “Our vision has always been to have this in-vehicle lidar integration case as mainstream. However, whereas our previous efforts primarily aimed at demonstrating the feasibility of such a solution, this time we’re unveiling a product that’s closer than ever to being market-ready. It aligns precisely with industry demands, offering a large field of view while minimizing impact on vehicle design.”
The built-in lidar solution prototype will be on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas from January 9-12 at both Seyond’s booth (#7001) and AGC’s booth (#6667) at LVCC West Hall.