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Daimler Truck and TORC Robotics Select Aeva to Supply Advanced 4D LiDAR Technology for Series-Production Autonomous Trucks

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Daimler Truck AG (NYSE: AEVA) has chosen Aeva as the supplier of long and ultra-long range LiDAR for its series production autonomous commercial vehicle program. The collaboration with Torc Robotics, Inc. aims to enable SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicle capabilities, starting with the Class 8 Freightliner Cascadia truck platform. The production collaboration is set to begin in the first quarter of 2024, with Aeva's start of production by 2026 and Daimler Truck's production ramping up by 2027.
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The announcement from Aeva and Daimler Truck AG marks a significant development in the commercial vehicle and autonomous driving sectors. The integration of Aeva's 4D LiDAR technology into Daimler Truck's production line is a strategic move that could accelerate the adoption of autonomous trucking. The decision to employ Aeva's Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) 4D LiDAR, which provides advantages in range and velocity detection, could set a new industry standard for sensor technology in autonomous vehicles.

From a market perspective, this collaboration signals a growing confidence in LiDAR technology's commercial viability and its potential to enhance road safety and logistics efficiency. The multi-year timeline with production starting in 2024 and scaling up by 2027 suggests a long-term commitment that could influence the competitive landscape, potentially leading to increased market share for Aeva and Daimler Truck in the autonomous trucking space. However, the success of this partnership will depend on the technology's performance in real-world conditions and the companies' ability to scale production effectively.

For investors, the partnership between Aeva and Daimler Truck could be a harbinger of future revenue growth for both companies. Aeva's role as a supplier for Daimler Truck's autonomous program may lead to an increase in institutional confidence and potentially drive Aeva's stock value. The direct integration of LiDAR sensors into Daimler Truck's production process could streamline operations, offering a cost advantage over competitors that require aftermarket retrofitting.

However, it is crucial to monitor the capital expenditures associated with this technological shift and the impact on profit margins. The long-term nature of the agreement also means that financial benefits may not be immediate and there will be a period of investment ahead of any significant return. Investors should also be aware of the regulatory landscape, which could affect the speed at which autonomous trucks are adopted and, consequently, the financial returns from this collaboration.

The transition to Aeva's 4D LiDAR technology in commercial vehicles is a pivotal moment for the automotive industry. Aeva's FMCW 4D LiDAR represents a leap forward in sensor technology, providing not only range information but also the velocity of objects, which is critical for autonomous driving systems. This dual capability allows for more accurate and rapid decision-making by autonomous systems, which is essential for the safety and reliability of autonomous commercial trucks.

Additionally, the integration of these sensors into the Class 8 Freightliner Cascadia truck platform suggests that Daimler Truck is positioning itself to lead in the high-potential market of heavy-duty autonomous vehicles. The ability to offer trucks that are 'autonomous ready' directly from the production line could significantly reduce barriers to adoption for fleet operators. The reliance on Aeva's perception software also indicates a deep integration of hardware and software, which is vital for the robust performance of autonomous systems.

One of the World’s Leading Commercial Vehicle Manufacturers Transitions to Aeva 4D LiDAR Technology to Enable Safer Autonomous Trucking

Daimler Truck Represents the First Publicly Announced Top Automotive OEM Production Customer of Aeva Atlas, Aeva’s Newest Automotive-Grade 4D LiDAR Designed for Mass Production

LEINFELDEN-ECHTERDINGEN, Germany & BLACKSBURG, Va. & MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Aeva® (NYSE: AEVA), a leader in next-generation sensing and perception systems and Daimler Truck AG (“Daimler Truck”), one of the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, announced today that Daimler Truck has selected Aeva as the supplier of long and ultra-long range LiDAR for its series production autonomous commercial vehicle program.

Aeva 4D LiDAR Sensors on a Torc Autonomous Truck (Graphic: Business Wire)

Aeva 4D LiDAR Sensors on a Torc Autonomous Truck (Graphic: Business Wire)

Under the production collaboration, Aeva will supply its latest Aeva Atlas™ automotive grade 4D LiDAR technology to Daimler Truck and collaborate with Torc Robotics, Inc. (“Torc”), an independent subsidiary of Daimler Truck, to enable SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicle capabilities beginning with the Class 8 Freightliner Cascadia truck platform. Daimler Truck intends to integrate the LiDAR sensors directly in its production process, making it easy for customers to buy autonomous ready trucks directly out of its manufacturing plants without the need for sensors to be retrofitted. Torc in turn will sell its virtual driver technology and supporting services as a subscription to customers. Torc’s driving software will use Aeva’s perception software, built around Aeva’s instant velocity data, to detect objects faster, farther away, and with higher accuracy. The multi-year collaboration begins in the first quarter of 2024 with Aeva’s start of production by 2026 and Daimler Truck’s production ramping up by 2027.

LiDAR is a key enabling technology in autonomous driving. While traditional LiDAR sensors use laser pulses to sense distances to objects, Aeva’s unique Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) 4D LiDAR technology uses a low power continuous laser beam to simultaneously measure range and velocity for every point. This enables vehicles to unlock new levels of safety and automation by instantaneously discriminating between static and dynamic points and knowing the precise velocity of dynamic objects.

Joanna Buttler, Head of Global Autonomous Technology Group at Daimler Truck: “Daimler Truck is committed to leading the industry’s advancement toward autonomous trucks. Selecting the right LiDAR technology is a crucial strategic decision to safely deploy autonomous trucks on the road. We are convinced that Aeva with its cutting edge and reliable technology is the right production partner for LiDAR sensors and has the manufacturing capabilities to scale along with us. Today’s announcement therefore represents a key puzzle piece on our path towards commercialization. Together with Torc, we are well on track to offer autonomous trucks to the U.S. market by 2027."

Peter Vaughan Schmidt, CEO at Torc Robotics adds: “Aeva is pioneering the commercialization of FMCW LiDAR technology, a key differentiator for long range detection and object identification. This means Torc’s virtual driving software can now rely on significantly higher resolution as well as farther and clearer detection of objects plus instant velocity detection, which are crucial to safely deploy autonomous trucks at scale. We have been working closely with the Aeva team over the past few years and we are excited about the real-world performance that Aeva’s technology has already demonstrated to help us solve some of the most challenging highway-speed use cases.”

Daimler Truck and Torc have made significant progress in turning autonomous trucks from an idea into reality, running extensive and successful on road test programs as well as first customer pilots. To maximise the safety of autonomous trucks, Daimler Truck and Torc’s trucks are equipped with sensor sets from a combination of three technologies, namely state-of-the-art LiDAR, radar and camera technology. This enables safe handling adapted to the respective situation on highways, surface roads and ramps as well as when turning at controlled intersections.

The selection represents Aeva’s first major automotive OEM production design win and is the result of multiple years of extensive collaboration and qualification with Daimler Truck, Torc and Daimler Truck North America. As a direct supplier to Daimler Truck, Aeva is positioned to be a Tier 1 supplier to automotive OEMs globally.

“Daimler Truck is one of the most reputable commercial vehicle OEMs in the world. Our partnership with Daimler Truck and Torc Robotics is trailblazing the next era of commercial trucking, with safe, autonomous trucks that will revolutionize the industry as we know it,” said Soroush Salehian, Co-Founder and CEO at Aeva. “We are pleased to be selected for this major production supplier award and it is a testament to the hard work, innovation and tenacity of the entire Aeva team as we cross another critical milestone in Aeva’s path to leading the industry with our unique FMCW technology and perception solution.”

About Aeva Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: AEVA)

Aeva’s mission is to bring the next wave of perception to a broad range of applications from automated driving to industrial robotics, consumer electronics, consumer health, security and beyond. Aeva is transforming autonomy with its groundbreaking sensing and perception technology that integrates all key LiDAR components onto a silicon photonics chip in a compact module. Aeva 4D LiDAR sensors uniquely detect instant velocity in addition to 3D position, allowing autonomous devices like vehicles and robots to make more intelligent and safe decisions. For more information, visit www.aeva.com, or connect with us on X or LinkedIn.

About Daimler Truck

Daimler Truck Holding AG ("Daimler Truck") is one of the world's largest commercial vehicle manufacturers, with over 40 main locations and more than 100,000 employees around the globe. The founders of Daimler Truck have invented the modern transportation industry with their trucks and buses a good 125 years ago. Unchanged to this day, the company's aspirations are dedicated to one purpose: Daimler Truck works for all who keep the world moving. Its customers enable people to be mobile and get goods to their destinations reliably, on time, and safely. Daimler Truck provides the technologies, products, and services for them to do so. This also applies to the transformation to CO2-neutral driving. The company is striving to make sustainable transport a success, with profound technological knowledge and a clear view of its customers' needs. Daimler Truck's business activities are structured in five reporting segments: Trucks North America (TN) with the truck brands Freightliner and Western Star and the school bus brand Thomas Built Buses. Trucks Asia (TA) with the FUSO, BharatBenz and RIZON commercial vehicle brands. Mercedes-Benz (MB) with the truck brand of the same name. Daimler Buses (DB) with the Mercedes-Benz and Setra bus brands. Daimler Truck's new Financial Services business (DTFS) constitutes the fifth segment, the product range in the truck segments includes light, medium and heavy trucks for long-distance, distribution and construction traffic and special-purpose vehicles used mainly in the municipal and vocational sector. The product range of the bus segment includes city buses, school buses and intercity buses, coaches and bus chassis. In addition to the sale of new and used commercial vehicles, the company also offers aftersales services and connectivity solutions.

About Torc Robotics

Torc Robotics, headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia, is an independent subsidiary of Daimler Truck AG, a global leader and pioneer in trucking. Founded in 2005 at the birth of the self-driving vehicle revolution, Torc has over 18 years of experience in pioneering safety-critical, self-driving applications. Torc offers a complete self-driving vehicle software and integration solution and is currently focusing on commercializing autonomous trucks for long-haul applications in the U.S. Torc operates test facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and engineering offices in Austin, Texas; Stuttgart, Germany; and Montreal, Canada. Torc’s purpose is driving the future of freight with autonomous technology. As the world’s leading autonomous trucking solution, we empower exceptional employees, deliver a focused, hub-to-hub autonomous truck product, and provide our customers with the safest, most reliable, and cost-efficient solution to the market.

Aeva, the Aeva logo, Aeva 4D LiDAR, Aeva Atlas, Aeries, and Aeva Ultra Resolution are trademarks/registered trademarks of Aeva, Inc. All rights reserved. Third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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FAQ

What is the latest Aeva product being used by Daimler Truck AG?

Daimler Truck AG has selected Aeva's Aeva Atlas™ automotive grade 4D LiDAR technology for its autonomous commercial vehicle program.

What is the collaboration between Aeva and Torc Robotics, Inc. focused on?

The collaboration aims to enable SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicle capabilities, starting with the Class 8 Freightliner Cascadia truck platform.

When is the production collaboration between Aeva and Daimler Truck AG set to begin?

The production collaboration is set to begin in the first quarter of 2024.

When is Aeva's start of production expected?

Aeva's start of production is expected by 2026.

When is Daimler Truck AG's production expected to ramp up?

Daimler Truck's production is expected to ramp up by 2027.

What technology does Aeva's 4D LiDAR use?

Aeva's 4D LiDAR technology uses a unique Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) method.

What are the key benefits of Aeva's 4D LiDAR technology for autonomous driving?

Aeva's 4D LiDAR technology enables vehicles to unlock new levels of safety and automation by instantaneously discriminating between static and dynamic points and knowing the precise velocity of dynamic objects.

What is the timeline for offering autonomous trucks to the U.S. market?

Daimler Truck AG aims to offer autonomous trucks to the U.S. market by 2027.

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