Seyond and Wideye by AGC Collaborate to Launch Built-In Behind-Windshield LiDAR Solution

Seyond and Wideye by AGC Collaborate to Launch Built-In Behind-Windshield LiDAR Solution

April 20, 2023, Eschborn, GER / Sunnyvale, CA / Louvain-la-Neuve, BEL– Seyond, a global leader in the LiDAR industry, and Wideye, a corporate scale-up of the glass group AGC that provides glass solutions for optical sensor integration, have announced their intention to develop an innovative integrated LiDAR solution for vehicles. This collaboration aims to provide a practical and aesthetically pleasing installation of LiDAR systems behind the windshield, addressing the increasing demand for LiDAR integration as mass production accelerates.

The optimal installation location for LiDAR systems has been a topic of discussion in the industry. The solution proposed by Seyond and Wideye involves integrating LiDAR and camera modules seamlessly behind the windshield, a high position that minimizes the impact on vehicle design, provides better protection against environmental factors, reduces the chance of damage, and benefits from existing cleaning solutions.

This joint solution highlights the technological strengths of both companies. On one hand, Wideye technology, which is a high-performance optical glass that is transparent to near-infrared rays, offers minimal absorption and the best transmittance rate in the industry, enabling reliable LiDAR performance while minimizing the impact of the windshield on signal degradation. On the other hand, Seyond’s Robin-E LiDAR product, which features cutting-edge electronic and optical technologies, addresses size, weight, power, and noise level concerns. With dimensions of 44 x 117 x 100 mm, a total weight of 450 grams, power consumption under 9W, and a noise level less than 20 dB(A), Robin-E provides a compact, lightweight, and high-performance solution for integration behind the windshield.

The collaboration between Seyond and Wideye by AGC has already resulted in joint R&D efforts to integrate their latest technologies, and a preliminary plan has shown successful integration of LiDAR and camera systems behind the windshield, reducing the signal degradation rate to less than 10%. Seyond is dedicated to the continued development of automotive-grade LiDAR hardware products for various scenarios and software solutions to maximize LiDAR effectiveness. The collaboration with Wideye by AGC aims to break down installation and usage barriers and contribute to the widespread adoption of LiDAR in vehicles and sustainable growth of the LiDAR industry.

The built-in LiDAR solution prototype is on display at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition from April 18–27, 2023 in hall 6.1, booth #6A12.

Caption: Built-In Behind-Windshield LiDAR / Prototype by Seyond and Wideye by AGC

About Seyond

Seyond is a leading global provider of image-grade LiDAR technology, powering a safer, smarter and more mobile world across the automotive, intelligent transportation, robotics and industrial automation sectors. Founded in Silicon Valley with strategically placed research and manufacturing facilities across the globe, Seyond is crafting LiDAR solutions that elevate autonomous driving and fuel the advancement of smart infrastructure development. The company’s dynamic portfolio – including ultra-long range flagship LiDAR sensor Falcon, mid-to-short range LiDAR sensor Robin and perception service software platform OmniVidi – powers automotive and ITS solutions for partners like NIO, Faraday Future, Exwayz and Hexagon.

About Wideye by AGC

Wideye® by AGC, a corporate scaleup focusing on autonomous vehicle ecosystems, was launched by Tokyo-based AGC Group, a world-leading supplier of flat, automotive and display glass, chemicals and other high-tech materials and components. Wideye is backed by AGC Automotive Europe, AGC Group’s European automotive glass branch, which specializes in the production of glazing solutions for carmakers. Since its launch in 2016, Wideye has focused on enabling ADAS deployment and making fully autonomous vehicles a reality. 

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