Vayyar Brings its 3D Sensor to the Automotive Market
16 July, 2017
Vayyar's semiconductor chip can manage miniature Radar running through multiple small antennas (MIMO) that transmit and receive weak electromagnetic signals in 3.5GHz-10GHz frequencies
Vayyar Imaging from Yehud, Israel, announced the launch of its sensor technology within the automotive and autonomous driving markets. Vayyar has developed 3D sensing technology base on RF principles. Its semiconductor chip can manage miniature Radar running through multiple small antennas (MIMO) that transmit and receive weak electromagnetic signals in 3.5GHz-10GHz frequencies. The information extracted from those signals can help to detect breast or other cancer masses, look through walls to detect structural foundations, and can track a person’s location and vital signs as they move through a Smart Home, and so on.
Vayyar Imaging was established in December 2011 by the chairman and CEO Raviv Melamed with VP Research and Development Miri Ratner and CTO,Naftali Chayat. Melamed previously held the role of VP and GM of the Mobile Wireless Group at Intel. Ratner and Chayat previously served in senior management positions at BreezeCOM and Alvarion.
The company began developing its 3D imaging sensor technology as a way to aid in breast cancer detection, but expanded its capabilities for new markets. On December 2015 Vayyar completed a $22 million raising led by Walden Riverwood. “3D imaging sensor technology is the future, and Vayyar is leading the way with its revolutionary technology,” said Lip-Bu Tan, Founder, and Chairman, Walden. The total capital raised by the company is $34M million.
“The automotive market has always been at the forefront of technical evolution, and as we move toward autonomous navigation, our vehicles need constant, accurate and new types of information,” said Raviv Melamed, CEO and co-founder of Vayyar Imaging. “We believe this next step will provide safety from obstacles outside the car, as well as monitor the health and safety of people within the car.”
One Sensor for All Needs
Vayyar had already demonstrated automotive related capabilities: Its embedded 3D sensors scan the interior of a car and give a real-time picture of everything happening within the vehicle. By monitoring vital signs, the sensors can alert a driver who is dozing off or send an alert to a parent if an infant or pet has been left in the car. Post-accident, 3D sensors can identify the state of survivors inside the vehicle and relay information to emergency responders.
In the autonomous driving sector, Vayyar’s sensors create a 3D image that enables autonomous cars to identify the number of people inside the car and in case of an accident, optimize airbags to deploy and inflate based on the seating location and size of the vehicle’s passengers. The company says its sensors can be used to identify nearby obstacles, cyclists, vehicles that are too close and self-parking, providing perimeter information both vertically and horizontally or large or small vehicles.
Vayyar’s sensors are agnostic to environmental factors such as darkness, excessive light, heat or fog, allowing them to provide an increased level of safety. The sensors also enable volumetric sensing for in cargo management. When placed inside transport vehicles, the 3D sensors can map available space, the distribution of objects within the container, and also provide cargo integrity while in transit by detecting movements of the cargo in real-time.
According to a recent report by Research and Markets, the global 3D sensor market is poised to grow at a CAGR of around 17.4 percent over the next decade, reaching approximately $12 billion by 2025.