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Innoviz Technologies and HiRain to Supply LiDAR & Computer Vision Software to Chinese Automakers

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【Summary】Innoviz Technologies, a provider of solid-state LiDAR, and HiRain Technologies, a leading Tier 1 provider for the automotive market in China, announced today a partnership to bring Innoviz's LiDAR and computer vision technology to Chinese automakers through HiRain's extensive sales channels in the country.

Eric Walz    Jun 06, 2018 11:37 AM PT
Innoviz Technologies and HiRain to Supply LiDAR & Computer Vision Software to Chinese Automakers

Israel-based Innoviz Technologies, a provider of solid-state LiDAR, and HiRain Technologies, a leading Tier 1 provider for the automotive market headquartered in Beijing China, announced today a partnership to bring Innoviz's LiDAR and computer vision technology to Chinese automakers through HiRain's extensive sales channels in the country.

Innoviz's LiDAR uses a proprietary MEMS-based design to deliver the highest automotive standards for safety, performance and reliability at an affordable price for mass market adoption.

The addition of Innoviz's LiDAR to HiRain's offerings enables Chinese OEM's to access one of the most advanced, mass-market LiDAR solution available today.

"China is helping lead the way towards the autonomous vehicle future, and HiRain is one of the most influential companies in the Chinese automotive industry. Last year, around 26 million vehicles were manufactured in China, making it by far the largest automotive manufacturing country in the world," said Omer Keilaf, CEO of Innoviz. "The HiRain team has extensive experience with driver assistance and autonomous driving systems in China and we are honoured to partner with them. Together, we will help Chinese auto manufacturers achieve the standards they demand for safe and reliable LiDAR sensors, at the price point they desire."

Innoviz's advanced solution provides a complete computer vision software stack with a algorithmic layer to support autonomous driving. This algorithmic layer allows Innoviz to enhance the vehicle's sensing abilities and reach high levels of perception, including computer vision capabilities to enable the vehicle to quickly identify objects and classify them.

These added layers will eventually enable the top layer of artificial intelligence to make decisions in a self-driving vehicle based on all the data collected, according to Innoviz CEO Omar Keilaf.

In addition to its partnership with HiRain, Innoviz already secured a deal with BMW to provide the LiDAR for series production of BMW's autonomous vehicles in 2021. The company is emerging as a leading provider of solid-state LiDAR to the automotive industry.

The availability of Innoviz's LiDAR within HiRain's autonomous driving system gives HiRain customers access to Innoviz's long-range scanning and superior object detection capabilities for self-driving vehicles. Innoviz says their LiDAR offers unparalleled clarity and accuracy, even at long distances, in varying weather and light conditions, and in multi-LiDAR environments.

"LiDAR is one of the most critical technologies for automated driving systems, and we partnered with Innoviz because not only is its technology more advanced than other LiDAR solution, but the company has proven it can deliver on its promises," said Yingcun Ji, CEO of HiRain. "Innoviz's cutting-edge LiDAR will help us expand our leadership position within the Chinese automotive industry and continue to blaze a trail towards the autonomous driving future."

Innoviz already has partnerships with Tier 1 providers Aptiv, Magna International and Samsung, and now this partnership with HiRain, one of the most influential Tier 1's in China, is a significant step towards bringing solid-state LiDAR to the Chinese automotive market.

China is the largest automotive manufacturing country in the world. Last year, around 26 million vehicles were manufactured there.

HiRain is a leading Tier 1 solution provider for the automotive market in China. The company was established 20 years ago and provides a full-range of high-tech products and services for automotive OEMs. HiRain is headquartered in Beijing with global offices/operations in China (Tianjin, Shanghai, Beijing), North American (Detroit & Chicago), and Europe (Dusseldorf & Munich).

The OEM supplier has provided intelligent driving solutions that cover key technologies such as environmental awareness, sensor fusion, intelligent decision-making, control execution, system integration, and simulation testing.

HiRain Technologies focuses on products that are currently most likely to be mass-produced, supporting level 1-3 intelligent assisted driving technology, and gradually develop higher-level autonomous technology.

HiRain helped Mobileye, the company purchased by Intel focused on camera-based vision-safety technology, to secure at least nine design wins with major auto manufacturers in 2017 alone.

Apart from local Chinese manufacturers, there are also many Joint Ventures with leading international brands, and recently many new companies have been established, with significant Chinese government subsidies of up to $8,400 per vehicle, with the aim of boosting production of EVs in China to help combat air pollution.

Another important factor in HiRain's decision to work with Innoviz lidar is its advanced computer vision capabilities, which includes a complete computer vision software stack that leverages deep learning.

Founded in early 2016 and backed by US$82 million in funding, Innoviz is one of the first LiDAR providers to deliver a complete product to market. Innoviz team has extensive expertise in various fields, such as optics and computer vision.

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