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Mando partners with self-driving software company to develop 3D Lidar, 4D imaging radar

By Lim Chang-won Posted : February 9, 2021, 10:17 Updated : February 9, 2021, 10:17

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SEOUL -- Mando, a car parts company in South Korea, partnered with a domestic software company to develop key components for autonomous vehicles such as 3D Lidar and 4D imaging radar. Cooperation will be expanded into future industries such as smart cities, smart factories and unmanned robots.

Under a deal on February 9, Mando will use Seoul Robotics' artificial intelligence recognition software to produce Lidar and radar. Lidar measures distance by illuminating the target with laser light. 3D Lidar accurately determines the distance and position of objects and interprets spatial three-dimensional information like human eyes.

"Through the combination of Seoul Robotics' software technology and Mando's rich R&D experience, we will lead the global Lidar market and the 4D imaging data market together," said Seoul Robotics CEO Lee Han-bin. Seoul Robotics' 3D computer vision technology would quickly analyze the vast amount of recognition information collected from Mando's Lidar and radar

4D imaging radar, which uses echolocation and the principle of time of flight measurement to capture a space in 3D. It can sense when that car slows down, or stops abruptly, and act accordingly. 4D sensors are crucial to achieving a high level of self-driving.

Mando has strengthened its capabilities to supply self-driving parts. In early February, it agreed to absorb Mando‑Hella Electronics (MHE), a German-Korean joint venture that specializes in electronic auto components for autonomous driving, radars, cameras, and electronic control units. Mando would use MHE's research personnel to produce radars and indoor occupant detection sensors and next-generation integrated controllers.


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