Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for the automotive sector. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising automotive sensor startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Automotive Sensor Startups
Using our StartUs Insights Platform, covering 1.116.000+ startups & emerging companies, we looked at innovation in the field of automotive. For this research, we identified 289 relevant solutions and picked 5 to showcase below. These companies were chosen based on a data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and technology among others. Depending on your specific criteria, the top picks might look entirely different.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 startups & emerging companies developing innovative automotive sensor solutions. Moreover, the Heat Map reveals regions that observe a high startup activity and illustrates the geographic distribution of all 289 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
TracSense – Road Friction Sensor
Automotive manufacturers are innovating in sensor technology to add value to vehicles, as well as to enable complete autonomy in vehicles. Maneuverability is a major challenge for autonomous vehicles (AVs), both on rough terrains and through traffic. Road friction sensors track road conditions to enhance the traction control and safety of vehicles on slippery or irregular roads.
Norwegian startup TracSense develops solutions for high-end automotive sensor systems. The startup uses car-mounted optical sensors to measure road friction every 50 milliseconds. This solution also incorporates advanced weather models to predict road conditions and increases driver safety by improving situational awareness.
Dynel – Battery Sensor
A battery sensor is becoming a crucial component in modern vehicles. These sensors are often integrated with a battery management system for smart charging and remote management. Further, battery sensors monitor the health of the battery and diagnoses situations including excessive current leakage, abnormal voltage, and extreme temperature.
Turkish startup Dynel offers automotive sensors and power electronics. The dynamic battery sensor (dynBS) measures current, voltage, and temperature to estimate reliable battery conditions. The sensor mounts on the negative pole of the battery and also features a local interconnect network (LIN) interface for communication.
Revvo – Remote Tire Management
Tire-related incidents are one of the major causes of road accidents. To add, visual inspection of tires is highly prone to human error. Alternatively, tire sensors enable condition monitoring to minimize the risk of tire-related incidents. Remote tire management enables commercial fleet managers to closely monitor and manage the tire health of the entire fleet.
The US-based startup Revvo provides a sensor-enabled artificial intelligence (AI) software platform. The sensors are placed inside the tire and wirelessly transmits data to a cloud gateway. The solution uses machine learning to analyze the sensor data, as well as data from telematics and onboard vehicle systems. The software platform also enables remote fleet management for fleet managers to avert tire-related incidents in their fleets.
COMPREDICT – Virtual Sensors
For a lot of applications, physical sensors are hard to install or prove to be prohibitively expensive. Virtual sensors, on the other hand, use the information available from other measurements to deduce physical quantities of interest. Moreover, they are cheaper, do not wear and tear, do not take up space, and have no limitation in terms of environmental conditions.
German startup COMPREDICT offers software-based virtual sensors. The sensors use already existing signals in vehicles to measure forces, torques, temperatures, or currents. This data collection enables the monitoring of physical components such as chassis parts, brake systems, and powertrain parts without the need to install any sensors. The solution also helps optimize the product development process, leading to lighter and safer components.
General Radar – Imaging Radar
Autonomous vehicles utilize a virtual representation of the surrounding environment to successfully navigate with the help of an array of cameras and sensors. With the use of sensors such as lidar and radar, autonomous systems are able to see through obstructions as well. Startups are advancing imaging radar technologies to improve the safety of AVs, going beyond human-driven safety standards.
The US-based startup General Radar develops imaging radar for autonomous vehicles. The startup uses a patented solid-state analog beamformer and optical networking components to create a high-resolution representation of the world. Using multidimensional radar cross-section capture and machine learning, the solution also accurately identifies objects up to 300 meters.
What About The Other 284 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence so you can achieve your goals faster. The 5 automotive sensor startups showcased above are promising examples out of 289 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria, get in touch.