Canatu, Webasto Win Plug and Play Global Innovation Award

A group of people accepting an award on stageCanatu and Webasto have been named the winners of the Plug and Play Global Global Innovation Award at the Startup Autobahn EXPO2023 held on June 22nd in Stuttgart, Germany, the companies announced.

The Global Innovation Award recognizes their joint pilot project on integrating a Canatu film heater into the Webasto Roof Sensor Module (RSM), to ensure reliable LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and camera sensor performance in harsh weather conditions.

“We are very excited to win the Plug & Play Global Innovation Award with Webasto. This honors the collaboration between Webasto and Canatu teams in integrating the Canatu film heater into the Webasto Roof Sensor Module. It is also a fantastic recognition for our LiDAR and camera heater unit, which enables superior optics, uniform heating, and low power consumption ensuring ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) sensors to operate in harsh weather conditions”, says Juha Kokkonen, CEO of Canatu.

The collaboration initiated in June 2021 with a focus on integrating a fixed Canatu film heater for ADAS deicing and anti-fogging into the Webasto Roof Sensor Module (RSM) to enable autonomous driving in harsh weather, the company said.

“The cooperation has been open, fluent, and very collaborative. Together Canatu and Webasto will continue bringing the developed solution into further prototypes and vehicles with the ultimate goal of series production” says Magnus Sviberg, Director Special Products, Webasto Roof and Components SE.

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