ams (SIX: AMS), a leading worldwide supplier of high performance sensor
solutions, announces today that it has signed an agreement to team with
Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH, the German specialist for automotive LiDAR
sensor technology, and ZF Friedrichshafen AG, one of the leading
technology companies for mobility worldwide to advance solid-state LiDAR
technology for use in autonomous driving and other applications. The
three companies will partner on joint R&D efforts to ensure that this
exciting technology can be quickly and safely adopted by 2021.
LiDAR is an optical sensing technology that measures distance and
direction of the surrounding objects by illuminating them with a laser
beam and detecting the reflection of the object. Its unique range and
resolution properties complement radar and camera solutions to enable
the ‘Holy Grail’ of the self-driving car industry – SAE level 5* or
fully autonomous driving.
ams will provide automotive-grade VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface
Emitting Laser) arrays and drivers which provide superior reliability
and stability compared to competing light sources, such as edge emitters
and LED. ams is the first to market with solid-state LiDAR illumination
solutions, meaning no mechanical parts are needed to steer the light
beam direction, improving reliability while reducing complexity, size,
weight, and cost. Due to the high reliability and small form factor,
solid-state LiDAR paves the way for massive LiDAR deployment in the
“LiDAR is already a key technology in the automotive sector, and to date
our leading products are used with automotive companies in Europe and
worldwide. The combination of our solution know-how with ams’ VCSEL
technology will create a tipping point for solid-state LiDAR in the
automotive sector,” said Dr. Ulrich Lages, CEO, Ibeo Automotive Systems.
“As a world leader in electric mobility and autonomous driving solutions
for the automotive industry, our global capabilities and deep knowledge
of integrated safety, motion control and digitalization bring a unique
aspect in taking LiDAR to the next level on a global scale. This joint
activity will help make autonomous driving a safe and secure reality
globally,” said Aine Denari, Senior Vice President, Global Electronics
“Being the first to market with solid-state LiDAR means ams brings a
unique capability to Ibeo and ZF,” said Alexander Everke, CEO, ams.
“Together with Ibeo’s leading solutions and integration capability,
coupled with its deep experience in LiDAR we will provide an unmatched
solution for automotive manufacturers in their quest to create the
mission-critical reliability required for autonomous driving.”
ams is a global leader in the design and
manufacture of advanced sensor solutions. Our mission is to shape the
world with sensor solutions by providing a seamless interface between
humans and technology.
ams’ high-performance sensor solutions drive applications requiring
small form factor, low power, highest sensitivity and multi-sensor
integration. Products include sensor solutions, sensor ICs, interfaces
and related software for consumer, communications, industrial, medical,
and automotive markets.
With headquarters in Austria, ams employs about 9,000 people globally
and serves more than 8,000 customers worldwide. ams is listed on the SIX
Swiss stock exchange (ticker symbol: AMS). More information about ams
can be found at https://ams.com.
For more information about ams solid-state LiDAR illumination solutions,
go to https://ams.com/LiDAR.
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Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH is a worldwide
technology leader in the field of LiDAR sensors (acronym for Light
Detection and Ranging), associated products, and software tools. The
technology is applied in cars as safety assistance systems, or in the
field of autonomous driving. It is Ibeo’s goal to reinvent mobility by
enabling cars to become cooperative partners in the driving process,
thus making transportation safer. Ibeo employs a total of over 350
employees in Hamburg, Germany, and Eindhoven, Netherlands. Since 2016,
the Zukunft Ventures GmbH, which is a 100-percent subsidiary of the
German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG, holds a 40-percent
share in Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH. In 2018, the company celebrated
its 20th anniversary.
For more information, visit: www.ibeo-as.com
About ZF Friedrichshafen
ZF is a global technology company
and supplies systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and
industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility. With
its comprehensive technology portfolio, the company offers integrated
solutions for established vehicle manufacturers, mobility providers and
start-up companies in the fields of transportation and mobility. ZF
continually enhances its systems in the areas of digital connectivity
and automation in order to allow vehicles to see, think and act.
In 2018, ZF achieved sales of €36.9 billion. The company has a global
workforce of 149,000 with approximately 230 locations in 40 countries.
ZF invests over six percent of its sales in research and development
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