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Radio Wave-Based Imaging Can Increase Car Safety Without Compromising Privacy, Says Vayyar CEO

Raviv Melamed, CEO of Israel-based 3D imaging sensor company Vayyar, spoke at a conference on innovation held by Calcalist at the Mondial de l'Automobile show in Paris

Orr Hirschauge | 12:15  07.10.2018

Imaging technology that is not based on cameras can help car makers monitor essential safety and operational information without compromising the privacy of passengers, said Raviv Melamed, co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Israel-based 3D imaging sensor company Vayyar Imaging Ltd.

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Melamed spoke Tuesday at a mobility innovation event held jointly by Calcalist and events firm Connecting Leaders Club at the Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris.

Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Yehud, a town in central Israel, Vayyar develops and markets 3D imaging sensors that use radio waves to “see” through most man-made surfaces and human tissue. The company is currently developing a chip that lets smart cars detect the number, age, body position, and vital signs of passengers. When it comes to airbags, it is essential to know the exact position of a person, whether it is a pregnant woman, or a baby, and whether someone happened to put their leg up on the dashboard, Melamed said.

Other devices using Vayyar’s technology include tools for non-invasive breast cancer diagnosis, manufacturing line defects detection, and smart home monitors capable of detecting accidents or other home emergencies.

Vayyar has raised $79 million to date from investors including Boston-headquartered venture capital firm Battery Ventures LP, Menlo Park, California-headquartered Bessemer Venture Partners, and Tel Aviv-based Claltech, the Israeli tech investment vehicle of New York-based holding company Access Industries, founded by industrialist Len Blavatnik.

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The technology can also be used in commercial and public fleets to detect the number of passengers on a bus, the contents of cargo on a truck, and the state of materials within the car, such as whether there are contaminants in the oil, Melamed said.

Also on Tuesday, Vayyar announced collaborations with Paris-listed automotive product design company, Valeo SA and French auto part manufacturer Faurecia. Both companies will integrate Vayyar’s technology into their products.

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