Guardian Optical Technologies Hires New VP of Research & Development Yuval Gronau

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Sensor Technology Company Expands Team to Meet Increased Need for Passenger-Aware Cars

Guardian Optical Technologies today announced that Yuval Gronau has joined the company as Vice President of Research & Development. In this position, Yuval is responsible for the leadership of the Research & Development (R&D) team and supervises the creation of innovative solutions to meet the needs of automotive manufacturing companies.

Yuval holds extensive experience in computer vision, machine learning, image and signal processing and electro-optics. Prior to joining Guardian Optical Technologies, Yuval was the Algorithms Group Manager at Applied Materials, a semiconductor manufacturing company, where he utilized his skills in R&D and systems engineering to manage development teams and bring products from the concept phase to the marketplace. He was previously the CEO and Co-founder eCortext, a document comparison and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software company. Yuval also served as the Vice President of Research & Development at Real Imaging, where he managed developers in utilizing thermal imaging, 3D model creation, machine vision and statistical analysis to create a non-radiating imaging system for early breast cancer detection. Prior to that he was a System Engineering Group Manager at Elbit Systems, an aerospace & defense technology company, where he coached system engineers and managed advanced image processing R&D projects.

“Appointing Yuval Gronau as the Vice President of Research & Development reinforces our commitment to expand our R&D footprint to better serve OEMs,” said Gil Dotan, CEO of Guardian Optical Technologies. “Yuval’s substantial track record in managing innovative technology projects will enable us to build on our in-vehicle sensing platform to help car manufacturers increase safety and improve the travel experience.”

“The need for passenger-aware cars is increasing, especially due to growth in the autonomous vehicle industry,” said Yuval Gronau, Vice President of Research & Development of Guardian Optical Technologies. “I am excited to use my technology development expertise to help drive innovation in the automotive marketplace.”

Guardian Optical Technologies provides breakthrough optical technologies that can monitor a car’s entire interior cabin with a single all-in-one sensor, which protects drivers and passengers by scanning and tracking occupants and objects anywhere inside a vehicle at all times. Working in conjunction with seatbelts, airbags, and other built-in safety systems, it detects the slightest movements, including every heartbeat in the vehicle, and identifies the location and physical dimensions of every occupant. Developed with the first technology to detect micro vibrations, the sensor distinguishes between people and objects. It can also detect the presence of objects without a direct line of sight, due to its micro-meter sensitivity. Guardian Optical Technologies has designed a forward-looking system that will transition seamlessly to support future advances in the automotive industry, particularly in autonomous vehicles.

About Guardian Optical Technologies:
Guardian Optical Technologies is dedicated to enabling “passenger aware” cars with cutting-edge sensor technology that makes cars safer and more convenient. Just one sensor combined with advanced 2D, 3D, and motion analysis protects drivers and passengers by constantly scanning and tracking occupants and objects anywhere in the vehicle. These technologies work with a car’s seatbelts and airbags to sound immediate alerts. The system deploys machine-learning, including image analysis on the sensor’s video feed, as well as “big data” analysis. Committed to providing high value to auto makers today, Guardian Optical Technologies designed its system to effortlessly support future advances in the auto industry, particularly autonomous vehicles. Based in Tel Aviv, Israel, the tech start-up was founded in 2014. It has won major accelerator competitions sponsored by EcoMotion and Microsoft, and has several patents pending, with other patent applications in progress. For more information, visit Guardian Optical Technologies.

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