Electronics and Semiconductors

CES 2020: mmWave radar solutions for automotive and stationary applications

02 January 2020

Ainstein will demonstrate two new millimeter wave (mmWave) radar modules at CES 2020: one that functions in a variety of overhead stationary applications and another for the automotive industry.

The Wayv family of short, mid and long-range stationary sensors enable users to track and analyze the flow of pedestrians and vehicles in a variety of situations. During CES 2020, Ainstein will demonstrate its short-range sensors.

The mmWave radar modules, powered by Texas Instruments’ single-chip mmWave sensors, can track the flow of customers through a store, or can provide insights around space utilization for office spaces or enable emergency personnel to know where people are located to help accelerate rescues.

Ainstein said the modules do not identify specific individuals or use facial recognition software, but establish a view of activity. The company claims the modules have a better range, resolution and field-of-view compared to ultrasonic sensors. The modules can also be installed behind the ceiling in order to improve the aesthetics of an office or industrial space.

Meanwhile, the mmWave modules for the automotive industry allow for hand, elbow or arm gestures to open a liftgate more easily than a kick sensor. The proximity access sensors, created in partnership with ADAC Automotive, use mmWave radar to recognize these gestures and trigger a command to open the vehicle.

The company said numerous automotive applications and additional products between the two companies will be launched in the near future.

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