Tuesday, November 03, 2020

3 Year-Old Aeva Goes Public at $2.1B Valuation

PRNewswire: 3 year-old FMCW LiDAR startup Aeva announces a reverse merging with InterPrivate Acquisition Corp. to be listed on NYSE at $2.1B valuation. This transaction is to provide up to $363M in gross proceeds, comprised of InterPrivate's $243M held in trust and a $120M fully committed common stock PIPE at $10.00 per share, including investments from Adage Capital and Porsche SE.

The combined company expected to have an estimated post-transaction equity value of approximately $2.1B and is expected to be listed on the NYSE under the ticker symbol AEVA following anticipated transaction close in Q1 2021.

Founded in 2017 by former Apple engineers Soroush Salehian and Mina Rezk and having a team of over 100 employees, Aeva is engaged with thirty of the top players in automated and autonomous driving across passenger, trucking and mobility.
  • In 2019, Aeva announced a partnership with Audi's Autonomous Intelligent Driving entity. Aeva has also partnered with multiple other passenger car, trucking and mobility platforms to further adoption of ADAS and autonomous applications.
  • Aeva is in a production partnership with ZF, one of the world's largest automotive Tier 1 manufacturers to top OEMs, to supply the first automotive grade 4D LiDAR from select ZF production plants. The partnership — Aeva's expertise in FMCW LiDAR technology combined with ZF's experience in industrialization of automotive grade sensors — represents a key commitment to accelerate mass production of safe and scalable 4D LiDAR technology.
"From the beginning our vision has been to create a fundamentally new sensing system to enable perception across all devices. This milestone accelerates our journey toward delivering the next paradigm in perception to mass market applications, not just in automotive but consumer and beyond," said Soroush Salehian, Co-founder and CEO at Aeva.

Mina Rezk, Co-founder and CTO at Aeva, said, "From the beginning, we believed that the only way to achieve the holy grail of LiDAR is to be integrated on a chip. Over the last four years, we did it by leveraging Aeva's unique coherent FMCW approach. With today's announcement, we can use our development efforts to expand into new markets that were simply not possible before.

1 comment:

  1. I expect that these LiDAR things will be phased out as not suitable for cars, because the cars catch dust which can reduce their performance to a high degree.
    Someone will finally develop a miniature xx Ghz AESA radar and will integrate this into the front/back bumpers of the vehicle with nano-sized AI computer to have real-time SAR image for the AI to process.


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