Military technology to improve ADAS: Page 2 of 2

May 28, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Military technology to improve ADAS
With a technology originally developed for defence applications, Israeli startup TriEye aims to improve driving safety: The company plans to streamline infrared cameras to complement the conventional environmental sensors used in cars. Now the company has raised 17 million dollars in a first round of financing; the main investor is Intel.

Other approaches to solve the low visibility challenge have not been successful. Even when combining several sensing solutions such as radar, lidar and a camera, it is difficult, if not impossible to accurately detect and identify objects such as a cyclist at night under common adverse conditions. This limitation is impeding the wide-scale deployment and adoption of ADAS and autonomous vehicles. The defense and aerospace industries have already solved the low visibility challenge by using InGaAs-based SWIR cameras. However, up until now, these cameras have been too expensive for mass-market applications.

Infrared cameras, however, need an infrared light source. The technology for this light source is kept confidential. “We disclose this information only to (automotive) OEMs and tier ones”, the startup explained upon request by eeNews Europe. Likewise, TriEye does not provide information as to when the engineering community can expect first series vehicles with the SWIR camera built in. Initial samples, however, are expected to enter the market in 2020, they said.

Besides Intel, further investors include Marius Nacht, co-founder of Check Point Software Technologies, and TriEye’s existing investor Grove Ventures, headed by TriEye chairman Dov Moran, the inventor of the USB flash drive and co-founder of M-Systems. Since inception, TriEye has raised over $20M, including a seed investment of $3M led by Grove Ventures in November 2017.

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