Lunewave uses 3D printing to create a so-called Luneburg lens antenna. A Luneburg lens is spherically symmetric with a refractive index that decreases radially from the center to the outer surface. This produces a spherical sensor with a 360-degree field of view that Lunewave is proposing to be used with radar in self-driving vehicles.
The company claims that the spherical radar sensor can replace conventional sensor systems that would require multiple sensors. The technology is also applicable to aerospace and wireless telecommunications.
Lunewave, founded in 2017 as a spin off from the University of Arizona, received the National Science Foundation’s SBIR Program suppot
Fraser McCombs Capital (FMC) led the round of financing, which also included strategic investments from BMW i Ventures, Baidu Ventures and others.
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