Vayyar 4D radar gains FCC compliance for in-car use

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Vayyar Imaging, a developer of 4D imaging radar, says it has become the world’s first and only company to comply with in-cabin radio frequency standards worldwide, after receiving an FCC waiver for operation of 60GHz radar inside US vehicles. The supplier’s globally approved reference design is also EU ETSI compliant and JP TELEC certified, making it the first universal 60GHz in-cabin solution on a single SKU.

The FCC’s decision to grant Vayyar a waiver is set to revolutionize in-cabin safety with radar-based applications designed to prevent ‘hot car’ tragedies, when children are left in vehicles and succumb to vehicular heatstroke.

In addition to worldwide radio compliance, Vayyar notes its in-cabin 4D imaging radar meets Euro NCAP’s 2023 child presence detection (CPD) and seatbelt reminder (SBR) requirements, serving as a powerful, high-resolution platform that enables auto makers to provide unprecedented safety on a global scale.

“Being the world’s only company to secure an FCC waiver, Japan certification and European compliance puts Vayyar in pole position for in-cabin safety,” said Ian Podkamien, VP and head of automotive at Vayyar. “With growing industry demand for affordable, unified safety solutions that reduce complexity and costs, our road-ready platform will accelerate industry-wide transformation as we further our mission of protecting every life on the road.”

The company says its multifunctionality on a single-chip platform enhances safety while cutting complexity and costs by supporting multiple applications beyond CPD and SBR, with just one sensor. The end-to-end software-hardware platform also enables occupant monitoring status (OMS), optimized airbag deployment, seatbelt pre-tensioning, advanced e-call, vital signs, gesture recognition, out-of-position detection, intruder detection, and more.

Thanks to its ultra-wide field of view, just one RFIC covers up to three complete seating rows and all footwells, as well as the open trunk. A 48-antenna MIMO array offers high resolution, providing rich detection and classification data on all occupants as well as their posture and position. The sensor’s uniform rear ceiling installation accommodates all passenger vehicles including full-size SUVs and cars with sunroofs.

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