Hella Group may be best-known for its vehicle lighting products, and it continues to innovate in that market with such technologies as matrix beam lighting. But the company also is expanding into products for vehicle electrification and autonomous vehicles.
Joerg Weisgerber, CEO of Hella Electronics NSA, notes that Hella-developed battery management and energy recovery technology systems are on the road now. The company also is extending its expertise in radar, vision and lidar products for autonomous vehicles with work on structure-borne noise sensing technology.
Partnerships are key in developing such products, according to Weisgerber. He says Hella is bolstering its own engineering expertise through a combination of partnerships, venture investments and collaborations.
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