Hao Xin had prodded his business- minded brother for years. The University of Arizona professor of computer and electrical engineering and physics wanted to start a business based on nearly a decade of his research into a niche radar technology that's been around for nearly 80 years.
Over a few glasses of wine one night, the idea finally took hold.
The business consultant, who had a 5-year-old son and pregnant wife, quit his job and sold the family's home. Along with his older brother, he co-founded Lunewave, a company now positioned to alter the automotive industry's sensor landscape.
Traditional radar units have a limited field of view. Depending on their purpose in driver-assist systems or autonomous vehicles, a half-dozen or more may be needed to cover a desired field of view. Lunewave says its products can have as much as a 360-degree field of view with a single unit. At the same time, they can detect objects at a range of 380 yards, about double the distance of most automotive radar today.