Vayyar Imaging became the industry’s first and only company to meet in-cabin RF standards worldwide, after receiving an FCC waiver to operate 60 GHz radar inside U.S. vehicles.

The FCC’s decision to grant Vayyar a waiver will significantly improve in-cabin safety by using radar applications to prevent “hot car” tragedies when children are left in vehicles and succumb to vehicular heatstroke. The solution will save lives by alerting the driver if children are left in vehicles, as well as ensuring all vehicle occupants are properly restrained.

The tier 2 supplier’s globally approved reference design is also EU ETSI-compliant and JP TELEC-certified, making it the first universal 60 GHz in-cabin solution on a single SKU. Vayyar’s in-cabin 4D imaging radar also meets Euro NCAP’s 2023 child presence detection (CPD) and seat belt reminder (SBR) requirements, enabling a high-resolution platform for automakers to improve safety globally. With pinpoint accuracy, Vayyar’s solution provides comprehensive detection and classification of all vehicle occupants, allowing any car model to earn up to 7.5 Euro NCAP in-car safety points.

The multifunctionality on Vayyar’s single-chip platform enhances safety while reducing complexity and cost, supporting multiple applications beyond CPD and SBR with just one sensor. The end-to-end software-hardware platform also enables occupant monitoring status, optimized airbag deployment, seat belt pre-tensioning, advanced eCall, vital signs, gesture recognition, out-of-position detection and intruder detection.

With an ultra-wide field of view, one RFIC covers up to three complete seating rows and all footwells, as well as the open trunk. A 48 antenna MIMO array provides high resolution, detecting and classifying data on all occupants, including posture and position. The sensor’s uniform rear ceiling installation accommodates all passenger vehicles, including full-sized SUVs and cars with sunroofs.

As automakers strive to protect motorists and their passengers, global certification of Vayyar’s multifunctional, single-chip platform is helping vehicles earn the highest safety ratings, while enhancing in-cabin safety with reliable and affordable technology.