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Friday, 03 December 2021 19:15

Volvo Cars Tech Fund Invests in Optical and Imaging Technology Start-Up Spectralics

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Volvo Cars has invested in the optical and imaging technology start-up Spectralics through the Volvo Cars Tech Fund, the company’s venture capital investment arm.

The investment gives Volvo Cars access to promising technology at an early stage of development that could contribute to making cars safer and revolutionise in-car user experience.
 
Coming from a background in aerospace technology development, Israel-based Spectralics creates state-of-the-art imaging and optical infrastructure spanning materials, hardware and software, enabling a wide variety of advanced optical capabilities.
 
One of the company’s core solutions is the multi-layered thin combiner (MLTC) which is a new type of thin optics "film" applicable to see-through surfaces of all shapes and sizes. Integrated into a car’s windshield or windows, the technology could be used to overlay imagery on the glass.
 
In a windshield configuration, the technology could create a wide field of view "heads-up display" that can instill a sense of distance as virtual objects are superimposed onto the real-world environment for a safe and immersive experience.
 
“Spectralics is an exciting company with technology that holds truly great promise,” said Henrik Green, chief product officer at Volvo Cars. “By supporting their development, we can bring forward the potential their products could have in future Volvo cars.”
 
Other potential uses of the technology include advanced filters for various applications, in-cabin sensing, blind-proof front-looking cameras and...


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