Hella announces 77 GHz radar technology, partnership with Oculii
Hella announced that it will bring its latest 77 GHz radar technology into series production in spring 2020. The company says it has already acquired several major orders, first being an Asian manufacturer of trucks and buses. In this context, the market launch will take place within the framework of the strategic cooperation with ZF. Then the company says it will start series production for other international car manufacturers. The radar sensors will initially be manufactured at the electronics plant in Hamm, Germany, and then also in China and the U.S.
"Radar sensor technology is a key technology for the realization of assisted and automated driving functions," said Frank Petznick, who, as a member of Hella's Electronics Executive Board, is responsible for the global Automated Driving Product Centre. "Our 77 GHz radar sensors make a significant contribution in this context."
The company’s latest 77 GHz radar technology is characterized by its high performance and range as well as its compact design. The company says that this simplifies its integration into the vehicle body and enables 360° perception of the vehicle environment. In addition, the radar sensors are based on a modular, scalable platform concept that allows customer-specific requirements to be implemented flexibly and efficiently. Thus, NCAP requirements as well as functions for automated driving can be implemented.
"With our platform approach, our 77 GHz radar family covers all essential market requirements: from cost-optimized sensors for basic assistance functions, for example for high-volume vehicle segments and commercial vehicles, to high-performance variants that are necessary for higher development stages of autonomous driving such as automated parking or highway pilots," said Petznick.
Also, at the beginning of the year, the company announced a strategic partnership with U.S. startup Oculii. The aim of the collaboration is to develop high-performance, scalable radar solutions that meet the requirements for both assisted and automated driving. In the context of the development partnership, the two companies will combine their complementary know-how and respective technological expertise. The cooperation also includes a strategic investment in Oculii, which was made by the Silicon Valley-based venture capital arm Hella Ventures.
In the partnership, Hella states that it will contribute its expertise and year-long experience in the development and industrialization of radar sensors. The Virtual Aperture Imaging Software developed by Oculii aims to enhance the performance of radar sensors by cost-effectively increasing accuracy, range, and information quality. The partnership will focus on integrating its software technology into Hella's 77 GHz radar platform, and its results are expected to go into series production in 2023.
“Due to its strong market position, Hella is an ideal strategic partner for us. On the one hand, this will enable us to successfully bring our software technology in the automotive sector onto the road. On the other hand, together with Hella, we will be able to raise the radar sensor technology of tomorrow to a whole new level,” says Steven Hong, CEO of Oculii. “As we combine the specific know-how of Hella and Oculii, we will jointly be able to offer customers high-performance radar solutions that will enable us to meet the requirements for all development stages of autonomous driving.”
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