AV Camera, Radar, & Lidar Pt. 4
We were able to identify more key players in the autonomous vehicle camera, radar, and lidar fields. They are Blackmore Sensors and Analytics, Inc.; Innoviz Technologies; Metawave Corporation; NXP Semiconductors; FLIR Systems, Inc.; First Sensor AG; Velodyne Lidar, Inc.; and HELLA, Inc. The entire project is here.
We began our inquiry with a search of studies and market reports related to the specified technologies. We found information on key players from the following reports: P&S Intelligence’s “Automotive Radar Market Size, Share Industry Report, 2023”; Research and Market’s “Automotive Radar Market by Range, by Vehicle Type, by Application, by Geography — Global Market Size, Share, Development, Growth, and Demand Forecast, 2016 – 2023”; and Global Market Insights’s “Solid State Automotive LiDAR Market Share — Industry Size Report.” We acquired additional player information through a presentation from the Autonomous Vehicle Sensors Conference.
From these sources, we acquired a list of key players by the technology sector. Lidar market players: Innoviz, Quanergy, LeddarTech, Innovusion, Infineon Technologies, Velodyne LiDAR, Continental AG, Delphi Automotive, AEye, Benewake, Cepton, Luminar, and Robosense. Radar industry players: Continental AG; Denso Corporation; Robert Bosch GmbH; Infineon Technologies AG; Valeo SA; NXP Semiconductors N.V.; HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co.; Texas Instruments, Inc.; Autoliv, Inc.; and ZF Friedrichshafen AG. Allied Vision. Among key autonomous vehicle camera players were FLIR Systems, Inc. and First Sensor AG.
Our next strategy was to expand our search to company websites, press releases, and media outlets (e.g., Forbes, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Business Insider, the Associated Press, and Bloomberg). This search yielded significant results on the specified technologies and the associated companies. We then culled the list of previously identified companies included on the spreadsheet.
AV Camera, Radar, & Lidar Pt. 4
Blackmore is a privately owned company (which has received funding from BMW I Ventures and Toyota AI Ventures) that develops frequency-modulated continuous wave (FMCW) lidar imaging technology. They also develop analytical tools and software to support their FMCW LIDAR systems. Blackmore bills itself as a leader in FMCW Lidar systems and analytical tools for use in mission-critical environments where direct-detect 3D imagers are cost and performance-limited; analysts expect that Blackmore's FMCW Lidar sensors will improve the safety, navigation, effectiveness, and reliability of autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems.
Innoviz is a private company headquartered in Israel. Innoviz is developing key technologies needed for autonomous driving (e.g., smart 3D sensing, sensor fusion, and accurate mapping); the company’s first product is a High Definition Solid State (HD-SSL) Lidar. Innoviz has received funding from Magna International, Samsung, Aptiv, Magma Venture Partners, Vertex Ventures, Softbank Ventures Asia, 360 Capital Partners, Glory Ventures, Naver, China Merchants Capital (SINO-BLR Industrial Investment Fund, L.P.), Shenzhen Capital Group, New Alliance Capital, Harel Insurance Investments and Financial Services, Phoenix Insurance Company, and others.
Metawave is a private company that specializes in the production of intelligent beamsteering radars for use in autonomous driving. The company also has expertise in wireless technology and communication; Metawave has been applying its beamsteering technology to create improved antennas for 4G and 5G networks. Metawave has received funding from Toyota AI Ventures, Denso, Hyundai, AGC Infineon, Khosla Ventures, Matus Ventures, Thyra Global Management, Autotech Ventures, SAIC Motor, Bold Capital Partners, Western Technology Investment, Rising Tide, and Alrai Capital.
NXP is a public company headquartered in the Netherlands that specializes in providing secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications. Analysts consider NXP to be the world market leader in automotive radar. Recently the company expanded its radar ecosystem in a joint venture with Colorado Engineering that combines its S32R processors, RF transceiver, and antenna designs into a new reference platform.
FLIR Systems is a public company that designs, manufactures, and markets thermal imaging and infrared camera systems. The company’s thermal vision Automotive Development Kit (ADK) has specifically designed cameras for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles. The ADK includes a high-resolution FLIR Boson thermal camera core that provides a 360-degree view, AI algorithms, and thermal imaging sensors to aid self-driving cars.
14. First Sensor AG
First Sensor AG is a public company headquartered in Germany that produces customer-specific sensor systems for industrial, medical, and mobility applications. First Sensor AG bills itself as one of the world’s leading suppliers in its field; its products include chips, components, and entire sensing systems. First Sensor’s Blue Next cameras are designed to provide digital HDR CMOS cameras for advanced driver-assistance systems in partial and fully autonomous vehicles.
Velodyne is a privately held company that specializes in Lidar sensor technology. The company is a leading developer, manufacturer, and supplier of 3D perception systems used in autonomous vehicles, vehicle safety systems, 3D mobile and aerial mapping, and security. Velodyne is engaged in a joint venture with CNH Industrial, assisting the latter with its autonomous vehicle programs.
16. HELLA, Inc.
HELLA is a public company headquartered in Germany that develops electronic components and systems for the automotive industry (including automotive radar). The company also has one of the largest trade organizations for automotive components and services within Europe. The HELLA Group is one of the world’s Top 40 automotive parts suppliers and one of the 100 largest industrial companies in Germany.