Astyx, which is based in Munich and has a satellite facility in New Mexico, produces high-resolution radar sensors for automotive applications.
This report confirms a previous article that GM Authority published in April, which indicated that General Motors had purchased an unknown technology company that would help bring the Cruise Origin to market. Cruise had previously purchased a different sensor company, Strobe, but The Information‘s report indicates the company experienced delays in bringing products to market and that Cruise still relies on third-party suppliers like Velodyne for sensor technology.
“From time to time we acquire companies to improve our technology and advance our mission to deliver self-driving cars at scale,” Tiffany Testo, a Cruise spokeswoman, said in a recently released statement. “We welcome Astyx and their technology to our extended Cruise family.”
A former Astyx employee that spoke to The Information said the company has “the best radar system on the market right now,” and is one or two years ahead of the competition when it comes to the advancement of its sensors. Cruise also told the publication that it had purchased Astyx products recently and was happy with the quality.
General Motors’ first fully driverless vehicle, the Cruise Origin, debuted back in January. The shuttle will be built at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant and will enable Cruise to launch a fully driverless ride-hailing service at some point in the not-too-distant future. The automaker is aiming to be the first to market with such a robotaxi product and hopes the technology will enable to compete with and beat the likes of Uber and Lyft.