Denso Invests in Developer to Advance Laser Technology for Autonomous Driving


To accelerate the adoption of driver monitoring technologies in advanced driver assistance systems — a key technology in autonomous vehicles — Denso International America, a global Tier 1 supplier with offices in Southfield, has invested in TriLumina Corp., a provider of light sources for surveying technology. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“As a supplier of advanced driver assistance systems, Denso is eager to work closely with TriLumina to bring high-performance, cost effective light source solutions to the market,” says Tony Cannestra, director of corporate ventures for Denso International America.

Cannestra says TriLumina has developed eye-safe semiconductor lasers that are used as light sources for Lidar, a surveying technology that measures distance by illuminating a target with a laser light, and interior illumination.

“It’s critical to work with leading Tier 1 suppliers like Denso as we introduce and deploy technology that will shape the automotive industry for years to come,” says Kirk Otis, CEO of New Mexico-based TriLumina.

Otis says Denso’s investment enables TriLumina to gain broader access to the automotive industry and hopefully accelerate the automotive industry’s adoption of semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles. He says TriLumina is also targeting depth sensing and gesture control for the industrial robotics, commercial, and consumer electronics markets.

Denso in North America employs more than 22,000 people at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates. DENSO has an office in Silicon Valley that works with startup companies to gain access to new technologies in the areas of autonomous driving, electric vehicles, transportation, batteries, and energy storage.