Silicon Valley startup Aeva Inc. and Japanese automotive supplier Denso Corp. on Tuesday said the two will collaborate on bringing a key sensor for self-driving cars to the "mass market."
Aeva, founded by two former Apple Inc. engineers, makes a lidar sensor that helps cars gain a three-dimensional view of the road and can also detect how quickly distant objects are moving. Founded in 2017, Aeva is in the process of becoming publicly traded through a reverse merger with special-purpose acquisition company InterPrivate Acquisition Corp. in a deal with expected total proceeds of $563 million.
Aeva's sensor works on a principle called frequency modulated continuous wave, or FMCW, which is different from rivals such as Velodyne Lidar and Luminar Technologies .
In a statement, Kazuma Natsume, director of autonomous driving and advanced driver assistance systems engineering for division two of Denso, said the company plans on collaborating with Aeva "to further develop FMCW lidar, bring it to the mass market and create a society free from traffic accidents.”