Thursday 21st January 2021

Magna expands with Fisker: Wins full ADAS system business with new digital imaging radar tech

Published on January 5th, 2021

Magna has confirmed that it is collaborating with Fisker to develop an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), which will be applied to the Fisker Ocean SUV that is expected to launch in late 2022.

This new business win demonstrates Magna’s ability to bring scale and efficiency to the mobility landscape and represents an important expansion of the EV platform sharing, vehicle engineering and manufacturing cooperation the two companies announced last October.

Magna and Fisker will work together to develop industry-unique ADAS features and a suite of software packages powered by a scalable domain controller architecture.

“One of our strategic goals is to pursue new business in areas where Magna’s unique strengths can be deployed with an advantage compared to our peers,” says Swamy Kotagiri, Magna CEO. “Our collaboration with Fisker is a great example we can provide a new OEM like Fisker with a flexible and scalable EV platform, complete ADAS package, joint vehicle engineering and manufacturing.”

In addition to leveraging cameras and ultrasonic sensors, the ADAS package includes a unique and market digital imaging radar technology. Co-developed with Austin, Texas-based technology startup Uhnder, ICON RADAR is the digital imaging single-chip radar solution for the automotive marketplace.

“By engaging early and working closely with such customers, we can provide rapid commercialisation and gain synergies including cost efficiency, delivering additional benefits to the industry overall.”

Fisker and Magna recently completed the definitive platform agreement and initial manufacturing agreement, just two months on from the original framework agreements. The Fisker Ocean will initially be manufactured exclusively by Magna in Europe.

Swamy Kotagiri

The Fisker Ocean SUV will use a modified version of a Magna-developed EV platform to power Fisker’s FM29 platform.

“The ability to integrate Fisker-Intelligent Pilot technologies into the Fisker Ocean SUV from launch is mission-critical for the whole program,” adds Henrik Fisker, chairman and CEO, Fisker.

“The excellent collaboration between the Fisker and Magna engineering teams, already proven by passing the first engineering milestone last November, gave us the confidence to work with Magna on these important technologies for the Ocean.”

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