Samsung-owned Harman international has announced the acquisition of Caaresys, an Israel-based company founded in 2017 that develops vehicle passenger monitoring systems powered by contactless, low-emission radar.

Caaresys has successfully partnered with leading OEMs and provides a mass production solution for cabin monitoring including vital signs sensing, passenger localization and Child Presence Detection (CPD).

The in-cabin radar sensor and algorithm solution from Caaresys will strengthen Harman’s automotive product offerings in the areas of Digital Cockpit and ADAS solutions. With Caaresys  contactless vital signs sensing and real-time insights from that information, Harman says it can now offer new levels of in-vehicle safety, comfort, and well-being in its growing product line.

“With the acquisition of Caaresys, we gain market-leading in-cabin radar sensing technology and radar-enabled features that can quickly integrate into our products,” said Christian Sobottka, President, Automotive Division, Harman. “And by partnering with Harman, automakers can deliver the key safety and well-being features that consumers demand – today as opposed to years from now.”

Caaresys technology utilizes biometrics to detect the location, health condition and state of each vehicle occupant. The non-intrusive sensing system is a small RF radar that can be integrated anywhere in a vehicle cabin. Through its sophisticated radar signaling processing algorithm, the system detects seat occupancy state and monitors passenger biometrics, including respiration rate, heart rate and heart rate variability. CAARESYS technology allows for highly accurate sensing even in the constantly fluctuating driving environment and can operate in static or driving mode.

“It’s with excitement and pride that we join the Harman team, especially at this time when they are doing so much to transform what the in-cabin experience can be for consumers,” said Ilya Sloushch, co-founder and CEO of Caaresys, who will now lead the newly established In-Cabin Radar team at Harman. “Harman’s successful partnerships with leading automakers will offer unprecedented scale and reach for our technologies and extend the benefits enabled by in-cabin radar to more drivers and passengers than ever before.”

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Caaresys employees will join Harman as part of the company’s Automotive division. “We extend a warm welcome to our new team members,” said Sobottka, “and we look forward to launching the new products that the Caaresys team and technology will enable in the Harman portfolio.”