Samsung's HARMAN acquires radar sensor expert CAARESYS
Samsung owned HARMAN has acquired Israel based CAARESYS, who is in to development of radar based vehicle passenger monitoring systems. CAARESYS' technology helps in in-vehicle cabin monitoring including vital signs sensing, passenger localization and Child Presence Detection (CPD).
CAARESYS acquisition to strengthen HARMAN’s automotive capabilities particularly in the consumer-centric Digital Cockpit and ADAS solutions. With CAARESYS’ contactless vital signs sensing and real-time insights from that information, HARMAN says it can now offer new levels of in-vehicle safety, comfort, and well-being in its growing product line.
“With the acquisition of CAARESYS, we gain market-leading in-cabin radar sensing technology and radar-enabled features that can quickly integrate into our products,” said Christian Sobottka, President, Automotive Division, HARMAN. “And by partnering with HARMAN, automakers can deliver the key safety and well-being features that consumers demand – today as opposed to years from now.”
CAARESYS uses nonintrusive biometrics based sensing to detect the location, health condition and state of each vehicle occupant. A small RF radar is the centre of this technology, which can be placedanywhere in a vehicle cabin. It detects seat occupancy state and monitors passenger biometrics, respiration rate, heart rate and heart rate variability. CAARESYS technology delivers accurate sensing irrespective of fluctuations in driving environment and can operate in static or driving mode.
“It’s with excitement and pride that we join the HARMAN team, especially at this time when they are doing so much to transform what the in-cabin experience can be for consumers,” said Ilya Sloushch, co-founder and CEO of CAARESYS, who will now lead the newly established In-Cabin Radar team at HARMAN. “HARMAN’s successful partnerships with leading automakers will offer unprecedented scale and reach for our technologies and extend the benefits enabled by in-cabin radar to more drivers and passengers than ever before.”
CAARESYS employees will join HARMAN as part of the company's Automotive division. “We extend a warm welcome to our new team members,” said Sobottka, “and we look forward to launching the new products that the CAARESYS team and technology will enable in the HARMAN portfolio.”
Author: Srinivasa Reddy N