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GhostWave Finishes in Top 3 at LA Auto Show®


If ever there was a region where people are connected to cars, it’s Los Angeles. That’s why it’s particularly celebratory that GhostWave Inc., a startup radar technology company here in Columbus, was selected as one of the top three of the 2017 Top Ten Automotive Startups by the LA Auto Show® and AutoMobility LA™.

Selected from nearly 300 applicants, GhostWave is a spinout of The Ohio State University.

The startup provides Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) low-frequency radar that supports blind spot detection and collision avoidance without being impacted by jamming or interference from other radar devices.

A second GhostWave technology, a warning radar, can discriminate between obstacles you don’t want to hit (from people to trashcans) and those that are lower priority, for example, potholes and curbs.

The LA Auto Show® is the first major North American auto show of the season each year, and with AutoMobility LA™ is the industry’s first trade show that converges the technology and auto industries. At the event, GhostWave was recognized before 25,000 media and industry professionals, including automakers, tech executives, and investors.

The market for GhostWave’s solution is bright. With 70 million-plus new cars, each containing multiple radar sensors, registered each year, avoiding interference on the increasingly crowded 24 and 76 to 81GHz spectrum will become even more of a requirement. Early this year, GhostWave earned a $100,000 grant from Ohio Third Frontier.

GhostWave is supported by Rev1 Ventures and is exploring medical applications. GhostWave’s leadership team includes Dean Zody, CEO, a former telecom executive, Eric Walton, inventor of the technology and retired OSU engineering professor, and Wladimiro Villarroel, a professor at OSU with significant experience in antenna research in the automotive industry.

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