A Peek Under the Hood: Inside Innoviz’s Quality Day Offsite

Innoviz Technologies held an offsite for the entire company dedicated to quality and standards in the automotive industry.

Author: Ronnen Lovinger, Chief Operations Officer

A strong adherence to quality lies at the heart of all Innoviz innovation – we strive to do things the right way the first time around. We recently hosted a Quality Day offsite for all staff in order to support our continuous efforts to meet and exceed the quality requirements of our customers in the automotive market. The offsite included a variety of presentations from our partners, both Tier 1s and automaker partners, as well as from internal management leaders who presented and analyzed relevant case studies from the automotive industry.

Bringing a product into the automotive marketplace is no simple feat. The automotive sector is well-known for upholding strict product specifications, especially surrounding quality and reliability. In order to deliver a dependable, accurate and user-friendly product, a company must create a comprehensive solution with an exceptional balance of innovative technology, well-thought-out manufacturability and exceptional overall quality.

We have been implementing automotive standards at Innoviz over the last 3 years and believe this is an area which differentiates us from our competitors. We are ISO9001:2015 certified, we are implementing ISO26262 (Functional safety) in our components (ASIC, Detector and MEMS) and LiDAR system from early stages, we have selected and developed our manufacturers across the supply chain to meet IATF16949, and we are following ASPICE capability levels for our software development. Simply put, Innoviz goes above and beyond to deliver LiDAR solutions that are ready to meet the critical safety, quality and performance needs of all auto industry stakeholders.

As the leading provider of commercial, automotive-grade LiDAR solutions, reducing any possible risk is top-of-mind for our teams. This goes beyond anything we’ve ever done before – it requires each and every employee and each and every supplier to understand their responsibility and accountability in delivering a product of exceptional quality and safety standards. Because lives will be dependent upon our product functioning as expected, here at Innoviz we are adopting a “zero failures” mindset. Our teams are pushed to do things right the first time. They are encouraged to proactively investigate all possible risks and take action to prevent product failures rather than working later to fix them.

Quality is integral to Innoviz’s company culture and the word exemplifies the mindset of our employees that ensure our LiDAR products meet the highest standards for our customers.

This year’s Quality Day served as a formal reminder of our eternal quality-over-everything mindset. Throughout the day, we shared new information and recent case studies with our team and discussed the future of automotive quality. Representatives from BMW and Magna provided their unique insights with staff, and key findings were underscored to ensure company-wide understanding of and adherence to heightened product expectations. With a full agenda of sessions with our customers, partners and Innoviz’s experienced management, our team explored the many challenges on the road to automotive quality and discussed various solutions that could lead us to success.

We’re excited about the future ahead for our team. Thanks to Quality Day, we more aligned than ever before and poised to deliver the most advanced, durable and high-quality LiDAR system to the automotive industry. If you are interested in learning more about our automotive-grade solutions, please reach out to:

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Automation Trends Across Industries: Takeaways from XPONENTIAL 2019

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) held their annual XPONENTIAL event in Chicago earlier this month – an event I had the pleasure of attending. Surrounded by nearly 9,000 fellow technologists, policy makers, strategists, executives and autonomy-enabling companies, I absorbed several intriguing trends and insights that I would like to share.

As the leading provider of high-performance, solid-state LiDAR sensors and perception software, Innoviz is a natural fit for the event, which AUVSI celebrates as the largest, most comprehensive for unmanned and autonomous systems (the relevance is obvious!). While you may already know Innoviz as instrumental in helping automakers, like BMW, win the race to autonomy, it’s important to note Innoviz’s relevance to other industries as well. LiDAR can be used to deliver 3D perception for various applications, including UAVs/drones, security/surveillance, robotics, mapping, and more. With that in mind, it is important that we stay on top of automation trends across industries.

Below, I will separate my insights from the event into two categories: 1) Main takeaways and 2) Key trends observed.

Main takeaways

  • The show’s focus on ground and maritime robots has certainly increased, but AUVSI remains chiefly responsible for bringing the industry together for UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) and UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) – an industry that is expected to grow from $14 billion to $43 billion in the next five years as commercial operations increase.
    • Public policy has struggled to keep pace with the incredible speed of the industry.
    • A large portion of UAV/UAS technologies are being developed in the U.S., though testing tends to happen overseas where regulation is more lax – though this trend is expected to change over the next five years.
  • As commercial operations increase, so will the need for tracking and protecting the airspace from “bad” drones.
    • AUVSI and the Airports Council International-North America is leading a “Blue Ribbon Task Force” to mitigate unmanned systems near airports as needed.
  • The biggest challenge for adopting unmanned anything is public acceptance. The ‘fear’ among the general public is that robots will eliminate jobs. AUVSI’s view is that humans and robots will be integrated in the workplace together.
    • Employers will seek future hires who work well alongside robots in all industries (schools, retail, corporate, manufacturing, services, etc.).
    • Nonetheless, some jobs (those that are repetitive and/or mundane) will be replaced and HR departs will take on retraining and educating existing employees who will be impacted by automation.
    • This will cause a change in public perception: Workplaces will be ‘graded’ based on benefits they provide towards continued education, training courses, etc. due to the rapid evolution of AI and automation – these perks will be in the same category as time off, work from home, food, fitness, commuter and other benefits.

Key trends observed

  • Humanitarian efforts during crises and disasters are becoming easier to facilitate thanks to automation, especially UAVs.
    • The delivery of goods and medical aid to remote areas or where infrastructure has been destroyed/damaged has improved dramatically. General logistics in medicine are improving, especially utilizing airspace instead of roads (and thus, traffic).
    • For example, the first transport of a human organ (a kidney) via drone occurred in December 2018. A team at the University of Maryland developed a refrigerated and pressure-monitored container to preserve the integrity of the kidney. It was tracked in-flight with sensors and biopsies taken before and after the flight revealed no damage. Five months later, in April 2019, the University of Maryland Medical Center performed a live transport of a kidney that was used for transplant surgery in a patient. This test involved collaboration between surgeons, engineers, organ procurement specialists, drone pilots and the FAA – a truly enormous collaboration. They expect this will expand into delivery of vaccines, blood, organs, etc., rapidly across the country.

We at Innoviz will use these takeaways and trends to better serve our customers, more expertly craft our solutions and accelerate autonomy across industries – we can’t wait to hear how they benefit you!