In late July, the death of two babies left behind in a car in New York made headlines around the world. They lost their lives because of something that should not deserve to have its own scientific term: pediatric vehicular heat stroke. In the US alone, 823 infants have died due to this since 1998, with the record number of 53 in 2018. And vehicular heat strokes not only affect kids, but all living beings, including dogs and other animals.
These tragedies are preventable – and Vayyar, the global leader in 4D imaging technology, helps eliminate hot car deaths and accidents worldwide. The company’s matchbox-sized sensors are able to see through any object, tracking and mapping everything that happens in a car in real time without the need of a camera, maintaining privacy. Vayyar’s in-cabin safety solutions include not only an infant detection alarm to prevent hot car deaths, but also real-time individually adjusted seat belt reminders and optimized airbag deployment. It provides breathing pattern and movement monitoring and checks the driver’s status in case of drowsiness.
All of that can be done with a single sensor – and that is what makes Vayyar’s solutions the most sophisticated in the market. Just this month, the company has announced the first universal solution for Radio Frequency based in-cabin monitoring that works with both the 60 GHz and the 79 GHz bands. This enables car manufacturers to comply to upcoming legislation: By 2022, child presence detection will be a requirement through the HOT CARS Act in the USA and a key requirement to achieve 5-stars of the Euro NCAP.
Vayyar is the first to close the gap between the robustness and low price-point of radars and the resolution of LiDAR and other optics. The sensor’s point cloud capabilities are able to display the dimension, shape, location and movement of people and objects, enabling the complete identification of the car’s environment – regardless of light conditions. Thus, Vayyar also offers a reliable, cost-effective alternative for adaptive collision avoidance in (autonomous) driving and parking.
Vayyar was founded in 2011 with the idea to develop a quicker and more affordable tool to detect breast cancer and has since been on a mission to make professional imaging tools available to the general consumer.