Automotive News: ON Semi, BWV, Toshiba, ADI

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Mynavi: ON Semi has held an press event in Japan presenting its recent progress in SPAD-based LiDAR and HDR imaging. The LiDAR is said to be able to reach 3m distance in flash mode or 100m with 1D MEMS scanning (with no word on ambient light and target reflectivity):

The HDR sensor AR0233 with LED flicker mitigation has entered mass production:

ON Semi says that its automotive sensors have the industry's best manufacturing quality. The company's goal is to reach 1 ppb (part per billion) defect rate. The defect rate of 55ppb in 2015 has been reduced to around 30ppb in 2018. So far, the company has shipped 110b sensors since 2010:

PRNewswire: Israeli gated imaging startup BrightWay Vision (BWV) raises $25M in round B. Koito has joined this round as a strategic investor.

BrightWay Vision’s CEO & Co-Founder Ofer David, said: "We are extremely pleased with the investment of Koito and Magenta and the value they bring. The cooperation and investment of KOITO, a leading global manufacturer of automotive equipment, demonstrates the solid relationship and the trust in our solution and paves the way for market penetration within a short time. The funding will be used for commercialization of our unique technology and enable us to expand research and development activities."

BusinessWire: Toshiba reports that its Visconti 4 vision processor is a part of Toyota new ADAS system that recorded industry-leading scores in the 2018 Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP), the government program that assesses the road safety of new vehicles. The Toyota Alphard/Vellfire was declared the winner of the Grand Prix Award for preventive safety performance, and the Toyota Crown and Corolla Sport were both evaluated as ASV +++, the highest level for advanced safety vehicles. Toshiba supplies Visconti 4 to the Toyota vehicles as an integral part of DENSO Front-Camera-Based Active Safety System.

It's not clear whether Toyota keeps using Mobileye processors or completely switches over to Toshiba.

Analog Devices publishes its view on car future "Driver Assistance to Driver Replacement: The Cognitive Vehicle Is Built Upon Foundational, High Integrity Sensor Data" showing a large number of different sensors, primarily those that manufactured by the company:

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