Aeva and Nikon Team up to Develop 4D LiDAR for Industrial Automation and Metrology

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Aeva, a provider of next-generation sensing and perception systems, announced a strategic collaboration with Nikon Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of metrology and inspection equipment for the industrial automation and metrology markets. The companies will focus on bringing Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) 4D LiDAR with unique micron-level measurement capability to high precision industrial automation and metrology applications.

Nikon is a leading supplier to the growing $10 billion industrial automation and metrology markets, with revenues of approximately $600 million including other small businesses within the segment and leading customers including major global automotive vehicle OEMs, such as BMW, Stellantis and top aerospace manufacturers, among others. The goal of the partnership is to develop next-generation industrial solutions using Aeva’s unique, industry-first 4D LiDAR on chip technology. By leveraging Nikon’s market-leading position in laser radar technology and excellence in industrial precision, Aeva and Nikon expect to accelerate the adoption of joint products in industrial automation, metrology and manufacturing applications.

Tadashi Nakayama, CEO of Nikon Metrology, General Manager of Industrial Metrology Business Unit and Corporate Vice President at Nikon said that they are delighted with the opportunity to use Aeva's ground-breaking technology to jointly bring to market metrology solutions that provide their industrial customers with unmatched functionality, combining higher accuracy that is scalable, lower cost, more compact and provides superior performance than current solutions.

Soroush Salehian, Co-Founder and CEO at Aeva said that this marks a milestone for Aeva’s expansion strategy beyond autonomous driving applications. They are excited to work closely with a leader like Nikon in an established market with massive growth potential as they accelerate their expansion into industrial applications, targeting product release in 2025. By leveraging their common core LiDAR chip architecture that we’ve already developed for automotive applications, they can bring industry-leading costs to volume scale, which they believe has the potential to upend the growing industrial automation industry.

Mina Rezk, Co-Founder and CTO at Aeva stated that their 4D LiDAR on-chip technology has the capability to provide unparalleled performance through proprietary software on existing hardware. This solution will achieve measurements with micron-level accuracy and will unlock entirely new applications beyond autonomous driving. Nikon is a world leader when it comes to delivering high precision industrial solutions of the highest quality, and we’re thrilled to collaborate to bring their unique technology to industrial applications.