TodayApril 15, 2022

Lunewave the Mother of all Deathstars

Homage to Mom

Remember when your mother told you she had eyes in the back of her head and she could see what you were doing all the time? Lunewave believed her and created a radar in homage to her.

The radar on the top of the vehicle is like a rotating human eye, collecting data with every blink of a nano-second.  It has a greater field of vision than your mother and a much better resolution than today’s radars. Your Mom would be impressed

It looks like death star from Starwars, but it’s really a 3-D automotive radar sensor. The superweapon in the 3-D radar is the 360 surround power projection that would reduce the number of sensors and radars needed on a vehicle.

Lunewave is a three-year-old startup that is building new sensors to power autonomous vehicles and 5G wireless networks. The sensor itself was developed in the 1940s, but because of the complexity of the structure, it wasn’t able to be developed until 3-D printing.

At CES 2020, John Xin, the Co-Founder & CEO, explained that Lunewave is a cutting edge antenna and sensor technology for the automotive radar sensor to be installed in the car. Xin plans to work with Tier One suppliers, allowing them to sell to the OEMs on a mass production level. Lunewave has finished pre-developments and small sample tests. The deathstar (ok, Lunewave calls it a widget, but what fun is that?) and the algorithm are the proprietary properties Lunewave wants to partner with Tier One Suppliers on supplying.

What are some of the benefits?

Most cars have 9-16 radars. With Lunewave, you could replace many of those radars because of the 360 surround video. The reduction of hardware means less cost, less weight.

The biggest benefit is the reduction in complexity around data fusion – the process of integrating multiple data sources into one source to provide accurate data. The algorithms in the system calculate ten times faster and avoid interference.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.