New Car Monitor Could Pave Way for Self-Driving
A Silicon Valley startup says it has the technology to take autonomous driving to a whole new level of safety, a development that could give driverless cars a big boost.
Aeva, a lidar sensor manufacturer created by former Apple engineers, says its devices can sense vehicles more than 1,600 feet away, Automotive News reports. The sensors can also distinguish between non-moving objects, like trees, and moving objects, like pedestrians, cyclists and other cars.
Here is why that is a big deal, according to Stephen Nellis at Automotive News:
“The detection range of lidar sensors is a key metric for automakers because longer detection ranges mean a self-driving vehicle has more time to make a decision, especially at higher speeds.”
Aveda says its “unique frequency-modulated continuous wave (FMCW) 4D LiDAR architecture” can detect dark objects that do not reflect much light, a significant hurdle for sensors. That includes sensing objects with 10 percent reflectivity at long ranges.
The company, which recently added Apple and Volkswagen executives to a newly formed advisory board, has deals with Denso Corp. and ZF Friedrichshafen AG to mass produce the sensors.
“Our team continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible toward creating the best perception solution,” co-founder Mina Rezk said in a statement announcing the detection range, “as we aim to offer a combination of performance and scalability that we believe to be unmatched in the industry.”
Car Defects Put Human Drivers at Risk
As tech companies like Aeva continue to reach new territory in the push to make autonomous driving a reality around the world, major auto manufacturers building human-operated vehicles still struggle to make sure that they are safe for everyone on the road.
The world’s largest automakers routinely recall millions of vehicles, citing a broad range of defects that put drivers, passengers and others at risk. These defects are often not disclosed until well after cars have been sold to unsuspecting buyers who do not know that their vehicles may malfunction.
The good news for car owners and lessors in California is that the state’s lemon law offers some protections. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires car manufacturers to perform various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also forces manufacturers to buy back - or replace, in some situations - vehicles that the company cannot or refuses to fix.
How an Orange County Lemon Law Attorney Can Help
If you are a California car owner driving a lemon, an Orange County lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help you understand your rights and explore your options. We are committed to ensuring that the manufacturer properly fixes the vehicle or fully compensates you for the car.
Our lawyers understand the significant stress that can come with haggling with car dealers and manufacturers. That is why we work aggressively to resolve these cases for the people that we represent.