Aeva was founded by Soroush Salehian and Mina Rezk, who both left Apple’s Special Projects Group that houses the iPhone maker’s self-driving car work. Aeva is working on a device that would help cars sense the road, vehicles, pedestrians and other surroundings several hundred yards ahead. It would be a critical link in self-driving technology including software and controls made by others.
At a San Francisco warehouse last week, Aeva’s device was mounted on a white Audi sport-utility vehicle parked on a mock road. In real time, it captured images of Aeva workers whizzing about on kick-scooters, with the workers’ images changing color as they moved toward or away from the vehicle.