Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq and TASE: FRSX), an innovator in automotive vision systems, announced today the signing of a multi-phase technological cooperation agreement with a Chinese Tier One supplier to develop smart mobility solutions for the Chinese automotive industry, and specifically for two Chinese vehicle manufacturers (OEMs).
According to the agreement, Foresight will collaborate with the Tier One supplier to design, develop and commercialize automatic safety solutions to be implemented in the vehicles of the Chinese OEMs. The Tier One supplier is currently involved in several projects with the Chinese OEMs for integration of autonomous functions. The cooperation agreement may enable Foresight to integrate its QuadSight vision system into these existing projects.
The Tier One supplier will purchase a prototype of the QuadSight system for evaluation of the system’s capabilities and suitability for the projects. Revenue from the prototype system sale is expected to total tens of thousands of dollars. Based on the results of the evaluation of the system and technology, as well as the specific requirements of the Chinese OEMs, the Tier One supplier will formulate a detailed scope of work for development of a specific project integrating the QuadSight vision system. Following the completion of the scope of work, the parties may negotiate a commercial agreement for their cooperation in connection with the specific project.
In addition, as a result of their close cooperation, both companies have decided to approach the Innovation Authorities, each in its respective country, for project funding according to the Israel-China bilateral governmental funding programs. However, realization of the aforementioned projects is not dependent on funding from the Innovation Authorities.
“I am pleased that our technology has reached a level of maturity allowing us to engage in such agreements,” said Haim Siboni, CEO of Foresight. “Working closely with a Tier One supplier will allow us to gain a foothold in the large and growing Chinese market and enable us to make our advanced vision technology available to the local Chinese automotive industry. This agreement will offer us the opportunity to be part of ongoing projects and work directly with OEMs.”
The QuadSight system was launched in January 2018 at the Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Foresight regards QuadSight as the industry’s most accurate quad-camera vision system, offering exceptional obstacle detection for semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicle safety. Through sensor fusion, QuadSight leverages reflected light from visible-light cameras with thermal energy captured by long-wave infrared cameras for robust accurate object detection of any shape, form or material, in all weather and lighting conditions – including complete darkness, rain, haze, fog and glare. By adapting field-proven security technology that has been deployed for almost two decades, QuadSight™ offers autonomous vehicles perception capabilities beyond those of human eyes and reduces the likelihood of accidents and injuries.
Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq and TASE: FRSX), founded in 2015, is a technology company engaged in the design, development and commercialization of sensors systems for the automotive industry. Through the company’s wholly owned subsidiaries, Foresight Automotive Ltd. and Eye-Net Mobile Ltd., Foresight develops both “in-line-of-sight” vision systems and “beyond-line-of-sight” cellular-based applications. Foresight’s vision sensor is a four-camera system based on 3D video analysis, advanced algorithms for image processing, and sensor fusion. Eye-Net Mobile’s cellular-based application is a V2X (vehicle-to-everything) accident prevention solution based on real-time spatial analysis of clients’ movement.
The company’s systems are designed to improve driving safety by enabling highly accurate and reliable threat detection while ensuring the lowest rates of false alerts. Foresight is targeting the semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicle markets and predicts that its systems will revolutionize automotive safety by providing an automotive-grade, cost-effective platform and advanced technology.
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