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Interview with Christian Meyer in 'Tagesspiegel' newspaper

25.07.2022

This time CEO of LFT, Christian Meyer found himself in the spotlight of the newspaper ‘Tagesspiegel Background’.

 

Journalist wanted to go in depth into the personality of Christian Meyer and to discuss Christian’s opinion on such topics as:

  • Safety in autonomous driving
  • Flying and autonomous driving. Parallels and know-how transfer
  • Future of autonomous driving

Focus Magazine publishes an article about LFT

18.07.2022

On Saturday, July 16 – issue Nr. 29 of the Focus Magazine was released.

 

LAKE FUSION Technologies was very pleased to be a part of Focus’ series “New founders’ time” (“Neue Gründerzeit”).

 

Company and its management team were presented in two-page article under the headline “Later leap into new territory” (“Später Sprung ins Neuland”).

 

This interesting and a bit witty article was written by the real professional Herbert Weber, pictures were made by the great photographer Markus Burke.

 

The article by Focus Magazine covers such topics:

  • What was the path to founding LFT like
  • Get to know Christian Meyer, CEO; Thomas Münsterer, CTO; Thomas Wichert, CSO better
  • LFT – partner of big OEMs, Tier 1s and winner of ZF series contract
  • Outlook to the company’s future

ILA Berlin 2022

29.06.2022

In 2022, after a break of four years, the international aerospace community ILA – one of the biggest aviation exhibitions in the world, was hosted again in Berlin from June 22 to 26.

 

The ILA (Internationale Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung) took place for the first time this year at the newly opened BER Airport and had the motto “Pioneering Aerospace”. This exhibition showcased aerospace as a key sector in the EU and its strategic importance for Europe’s security, sustainability and competitiveness.

 

LAKE FUSION Technologies was an exhibitor at the joint stand with aerospace cluster, BodenseeAIRea.

 

It was a great pleasure to welcome so many visitors at our booth: potential customers, including big airplane and helicopter OEMs such as Airbus, trade visitors from all over the world, high-ranking guests from German politics, e.g. Mr. Volker Mayer-Lay, member of the Bundestag.

 

LFT was very proud to present its groundbreaking SitAwS (Situational Awareness System), an obstacle avoidance system for helicopters, to all ILA visitors. And we were pleased about the great interest of attendees in learning more about SitAwS.

 

You can watch a short video with few highlights from the ILA 2022 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPLqyU1CB1I

TDI 2022 (INDUSTRY DAY)

21.06.2022

The TDI (INDUSTRY DAY) is the conference of the BDI (The Federation of German Industries) that offers a dialogue for economy, politics and civil society.

 

This year it took place on 20 and 21 June 2022 as a hybrid event in Berlin.

 

LFT was a participant of TDI again and was proud to be a part of the high-class industry community this year as well.

 

Such important topics were highlighted in 2022: mobility of the future, transformation, relevance of data and digitalization.

 

The prime moment during TDI22 for our team was meeting with Christian Lindner, the German Minister of Finance.

VDA-Mittelstandstag 2022

20.05.2022

During this year’s VDA-Mittelstandstag that took place on May 17 and 18 in Frankfurt, LFT presented its solution for safe environmental perception on rule-based algorithms for automated driving to automotive suppliers.

 

In 2022 LFT’s CEO, Christian Meyer was one of the speakers and presented the company on the stage.

 

Mittelstandstag is organized every year by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). And this time LFT got the opportunity to have a meaningful conversation with Hildegard Müller, President and Arndt Kirchhoff, Vice President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry.

 

This year many important topics in the automotive supplier industry were discussed.

 

The biggest subjects of the event were:

  • Future of employment in the field
  • Successful cooperation between manufacturers and suppliers for sustainable supply chains
  • Green transformation of the industry
  • Deep dives on the topics of sustainability, financing and digitization

LFT tests LiDAR sensors for its helicopter SitAwS

13.05.2022

With LFT’s long LiDAR history in the airborne industry, we are now evaluating potential partner’s LiDAR sensors with planned ground and flight tests in the US and Europe. Up to now flight tests took place in Arizona and Switzerland.

 

Currently discussions with HEMS-operators as well as with helicopter OEM’s are taking place.

 

LFT is now in the advanced planning stages for a customer demonstration of various LiDARs in Q.IV 2022 in Huntsville, Alabama.

 

LFT’s SitAwS provides the following operational advantages when operating helicopters in confined areas:

  • Alerts the pilot for potential collisions with objects and wire during takeoff and landing
  • Detects obstacles in the rear part of the helicopter which cannot be easily observed
  • Provides range information to avoid rotor strike
  • Provides landing zone slope information
  • Provides information about unimproved surface and moving objects in landing zone e.g. drones
  • Supports in degraded visibility (e.g. night, rain, fog, brown-out, white-out)

SafeADArchitect consortium meeting

13.04.2022

In April 2022 first face-to-face two-day workshop within the “SafeADArchitect” project took place.

 

SafeADArchitect’s goal is to safeguard autonomous vehicles via researching an overall system architecture that takes into account uncertainties and risks at various levels.

 

The participants of the consortium meeting alongside LFT were: Intel, Ibeo, Schaeffler, ANAVS, FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

 

It was a great pleasure for LFT to welcome representatives from all these brilliant companies and organizations in Markdorf and to be a host of the first workshop.

 

During the consortium meeting progress/current status of work of all partners, improvements and outstanding tasks were discussed.

 

For more information on the project, please visit the SafeADArchitect website www.safeadarchitect.de

Tech.AD Europe 2022

07.04.2022

Tech.AD Europe is the leading international business event where the top players from automated driving branch connect on-site and online. This year the event took place in Berlin on April 4 and 5.

 

LFT had several interesting discussions during the Tech.AD event with companies such as Innovusion, Luxoft, AEye, Velodyne, AVL, Siemens, Keysight, NI, ZKW, ZF and others.

 

It was a great honor for LAKE FUSION Technologies as during the event many industry leaders expressed their interest in LFT’s broad range of expertise and showed their eagerness in a cooperation with us.

23rd Technical Congress in Berlin

23.03.2022

The Technical Congress is organized by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) and is one of the most important platforms for automotive industry’s decision-makers, technical managers, specialists and executives as well as those responsible from politics, research and science from all around Europe.

 

In numerous panels and theme breakout sessions many ideas, perspectives and plans for digitization in the automotive industry and for autonomous driving were presented and discussed.

 

This year LFT was present at the congress with its own stand and the CEO, Christian Meyer was able to make a presentation on the topic of “Safeguarding AI“, on the stage of the 23rd Technical Congress. Full presentation you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMoadJIQw_w

 

Christian Meyer and Thomas Wichert got a great chance to present LAKE FUSION Technologies under its motto “Our Mission is pilot-safe autonomous driving” to many of the participants.

HAI Heli-Expo 2022

16.03.2022

In March 2022 LFT had the opportunity to be a part of HAI Heli-Expo in Dallas.

 

HAI Heli-Expo is the largest helicopter exhibition in the world organized by the Helicopter Association International. It is one of the largest gatherings of the industry and it is often the place where innovations are introduced.

 

Both new and older model helicopters are on display at the show, as well as parts, accessories, upgrade kits, and information about services.

 

LFT’s head of business development in North America, Tim Schlegel was a great representative of LFT in Dallas. He was able to engage with reputable, potential business partners for LFT from Italy, Canada, the US and from other countries.

 

It was a great time that brought many opportunities for LFT!

Day of children's hospice work

11.02.2022

February 10th is the Day of children’s hospice work in Germany.

 

The Day of children’s hospice work was established in 2006 by the German Children’s Hospice Association.

 

On this special day, the spotlight is put on those who care for children with terminal illnesses and their families. Bakeries in the lake Constance district and Ravensburg district, are helping to draw the attention to this topic with the help of green Berliners (German donuts).

 

LFT is happy, that we had the opportunity to be a part of the Day of children’s hospice work and to support it.

CES 2022

26.01.2021

LFT had a good start into new year with LFT’s head of business development in North America, Tim Schlegel visiting CES in Las Vegas.

 

Tim Schlegel had discussions with many companies. All of the conversation opponents were very interested in LFT’s services and products and asked to set up virtual meetings in the next few weeks to discuss a joint global and US market strategy in the field of autonomous driving.

 

Although some companies like Daimler, etc. were not present due to Covid, CES brought LFT many new contacts, which will keep the team busy for the next few months.

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Business trip to the United States

10.12.2021

At the end of 2021 LFT’s team members were on “business-tour” in the USA.

 

CEO Christian Meyer and CTO Thomas Münsterer had a busy schedule, as they were doing a lot of state-hopping and visiting numerous customers and partners in the USA.

 

LFT’s team visited SES (Science & Engineering Services) in Huntsville Alabama for building-up the airborne business.

Visit of Mr. Mayer-Lay

06.12.2021

Mr. Mayer-Lay, member of the Bundestag, visited LAKE FUSION Technologies in Markdorf.


Christian Meyer, CEO and Thomas Wichert, CSO of LFT presented Mr. Mayer-Lay “MdB” – LFT’s new airborne environmental perception solution which combines the advantages of both business areas automotive and aviation. This solution helps civil HEMS organization to avoid incidents and accidents.

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LA Auto Show 2021

01.12.2021

One of the world’s largest auto shows with 1,000 vehicles returned in November 2021 at the LA Convention Center. The show was a one-stop-shop for comparison shopping cars, trucks, SUVs, electric vehicles and more, without any sales pressure.
 

Thousands of people were able to do new vehicle shopping, free test drives, experiencing the latest tech or exploring an assortment of customized rides and exotics, there was something for everyone at the show.
 

LFT’s head of business development in North America, Tim Schlegel visited the LA Auto Show and was able to share the LFT’s story with US car companies such as Chevrolet, Lincoln, Ford, Dodge and Chrysler.

Dubai Airshow 2021

23.11.2021

Because of the great products and achievements LFT had an opportunity to be a part of such international aviation fair as Dubai Airshow in 2021.

 

This international aviation fair became a big comeback to the aero market for LFT after two and a half years of absence in this sphere.

 

The Dubai Airshow was a great platform for LFT to introduce its airborne environmental perception solution to a large number of new, but also to many well-known customers.

 

Working for both markets – aviation and automotive and providing LFT’s safety critical environmental perception solution for them, is a big step forward. Finally, LFT can display its special key competence – combining the outstanding solutions of both business areas.

 

To describe a great start LFT can mention a contract, which LFT got from Airbus. LFT is looking forward to further success for the company and this fantastic customer.

 

LFT expresses special thanks to Transworld and Becker Technologies for a brilliant time at the Dubai Airshow 2021 and the start of a terrific cooperation in the future, and to the LFT’s partner SES from Huntsville, USA for the help in realization of LFT’s impressive re-entry to the aviation market.

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LFT shares knowledge with others

16.11.2021

On Tuesday, 16th November 2021 LFT’s CTO, Dr. Thomas Münsterer and product architect LiDAR, Dr. Christian Samuelis were keynote speakers at the seminar organized by Carl-Cranz-Gesellschaft e.V., a non-profit organization for technical-scientific further education.

 

Dr. Christian Samuelis presented the current situation in the automotive LiDAR sector and what LFT’s reference system for recording and analyzing LiDAR data looks like.

 

Dr. Thomas Münsterer presented how LiDAR environment perception in the automotive sector works and what the challenges and requirements for LiDARs for obstacle warning and for DVE systems on man-carrying helicopters are.

Interview with Christian Meyer for VDA

03.11.2021

After becoming a member of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), LFT got a great opportunity to share the information about the company with other VDA members and interested individuals via interview with LFT’s CEO, Christian Meyer.

 

The Interview was carried out by Jens Bernhardt, speaker for startups and tech companies at the VDA.

 

Full interview in German you can read here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/startups-aus-dem-ecosystemcar-jens-bernhardt-2f/?trackingId=X1f%2FLjFTVNtJfqjv2wG2Rw%3D%3D

 

And LFT’s English speaking audience can enjoy Mr. Meyer’s interview in English directly here.

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Speech by Christian Meyer at RITZ

15.10.2021

LFT’s CEO, Christian Meyer had an opportunity to make a speech at the “Digitalisierungstour BW” at RITZ (Regionales Innovations- und Technologietransfer Zentrum).


The subject of the presentation was “LFT’s contribution to safe autonomous driving”.

 

Thanks a lot to RITZ for this great opportunity to present LFT’s views on how to achieve the goal, that autonomous driving is as save as flying.

 

For more details, please check the video of Mr. Meyer’s speech on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ey24oRn_Z4

LFT became a member of VDA

13.10.2021

The VDA (Verband der Automobilindustrie / German Association of the Automotive Industry) unites the combined forces of the automotive industry and creates the internal solidarity among manufacturers of passenger and commercial vehicles, trucks, and buses, as well as suppliers of parts and accessories, and the manufacturers of trailers and bodies.

 

LFT is thrilled to be a member of VDA and is looking forward to making its contributions.

 

On the VDA’s website you can find LFT in the group: “Manufacturer group III: automotive suppliers”. Or you can follow this link: https://www.vda.de/vda/de/mitglieder/herstellergruppe-iii

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Mr. Hahn and Mr. Stoch from SPD visit LFT

29.09.2021

LFT was very happy to welcome Mr. Leon Hahn, candidate for the Bundestag of the SPD for the constituency Lake Constance and head of the SPD in Baden-Württemberg and parliamentary group leader for the SPD in the state parliament of Baden-Württemberg Mr. Andreas Stoch.

 

Mr. Meyer, CEO of LFT discussed few important topics with Mr. Hahn and Mr. Stoch.

 

Focus of the conversation was on:

  • Future of autonomous driving
  • Necessary political changes for support of autonomous driving
  • Representation of the Lake Constance Region’s SMEs interests and support of them at federal level

Visit of Markdorf’s mayor at the IAA MOBILITY

22.09.2021

Mr. Georg Riedmann always supports the business in Markdorf including LAKE FUSION Technologies GmbH, and this time was no exception. He travelled all the way to Munich to visit LFT’s booth at the IAA MOBILITY.
 
The conversation between Mr. Riedmann and LFT team was very meaningful: many important questions were asked from both sides and many equally important answers were received; the relevant for LFT and Start-ups topics were discussed; the encouragement and the readiness for help were expressed by Mr. Riedmann.
 
LAKE FUSION Technologies is looking forward to the future collaborations with city of Markdorf and Mr. Riedmann.

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IAA MOBILITY 2021

13.09.2021

In 2021 LFT was represented as an exhibitor at the IAA MOBILITY in Munich.

 

During the fair LFT had a superb positioning of the stand between CARIAD and Mobileye, held many important meetings, had an opportunity to communicate with potential customers and cooperation partners, investors, politicians and regular IAA visitors interested in the topic of autonomous driving.

 

Few biggest highlights – visit of state governor of Baden-Württemberg Mr. Winfried Kretschmann and visit of Mr. Arne Schönbohm, president of the Federal Office for Information Security.

 

You can find the video of the best moments from the IAA MOBILITY 2021 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAGjmOo967s

TDI 2021 (INDUSTRY DAY)

22.06.2021

LFT was able to underline its goal in talks with politicians as well as high-ranking industry representatives. The brief exchange with Sebastian Kurz, Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, deserves special mention.

 

Among the up to 500 guests, LFT also had the opportunity to be present on site in Berlin on June 22 and to exchange ideas with politicians and industry.

 

The main topic at the TDI was “Getting out of the pandemic and achieving the climate targets”. Politicians and industry exchanged views on this topic. There was consensus that innovation is the biggest driver. The industry made it clear that its own freedom of action makes it possible to achieve the targets.

 

LFT, as a company for truly safe autonomous driving, is committed to achieving these goals. Autonomous driving contributes in many ways to achieving the climate goals. Be it the ecological driving style through adapted braking and acceleration processes and overall a better flowing traffic as well as sharing of autonomous vehicles or only request on demand.

 

LFT was able to underline this in talks with politicians as well as high-ranking industry representatives.

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LFT in Südkurier

17.06.2021

We are happy to announce, that German newspaper Südkurier published an article about LAKE FUSION Technologies.


After being contacted by the editorial team and their continuous interest in an interview, LFT’s management team finally found time for conversation with the editor from Südkurier.


During the interview CEO, Christian Meyer and CSO, Thomas Wichert discussed many interesting issues about general situation of autonomous driving in Germany, about struggles of SME in this business area and of course, about the way of LFT.


The whole interview can be found on the website of Südkurier (german)

Mayor of Markdorf visits LFT

16.06.2021

In the context of the mayoral elections, the incumbent mayor of Markdorf, Mr. Riedmann, visited LAKE FUSION Technologies.


During the visit, the CEO of LFT Mr. Meyer was able to explain to the mayor the challenges regarding the creation of truly safe autonomous driving.


LFT thanks Mr. Riedmann for his great interest as well as his regional support.


You can find the video of Mr. Riedmann’s visit on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOyXjt7lHMQ

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LFT engages one more time for autonomous driving towards politics

17.03.2021

LFT wants to share the discussion of LFT with FDP. This time LFT’s guests were:

  • Mr. Klaus Hoher, member of the state parliament of Baden-Württemberg from FDP
  • Mr. Rolf Haas, member of FDP in Markdorf
  • Mr. Dogan Cimen member of FDP in Tettnang

 

Focus of the conversation was on:

  • Support for SMEs
  • Germany – the leading role in autonomous driving
  • Future of autonomous driving and the necessary steps

 

You can find the interview on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjGUpt-h8-A

LFT in discussion with CDU

11.03.2021

The discussion between LFT and Ms. Emerich, CDU candidate for the state parliament in the Lake Constance constituency and Mr. Mayer-Lay, candidate for the Bundestag of the CDU for the constituency Lake Constance took place in March 2021.


Focus of the conversation during the visit was on:

  • Future topic – safe autonomous driving and the capabilities of the industry today
  • Necessary framework conditions for a timely introduction of autonomous vehicles and their significance for Germany in a global comparison
  • Improvement of political support for SMEs


You can find the interview on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlFYAbnJjhM

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Digital visit of Martin Hahn to LFT

01.03.2021

On the 1st of March 2021 Christian Meyer, CEO of LFT had an online discussion with Martin Hahn, member of the federal state parliament from the Green Party and representative of the people from the Lake Constance district in Stuttgart. Mr. Meyer and Mr. Hahn discussed many interesting, hot topics including the innovations in the Lake Constance area.

 

You can find the interview on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72lvZ8TbVGc

Autonomous driving: The B 31 (Federal Highway 31) as a test track

23.07.2020

Thanks to the great support of the Deges company, LFT was able to use a bypass highway of the city of Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance, which is currently being completed, for an extensive test program of environmental perception.

 

An LFT vehicle equipped with radar, laser and camera systems was used on the highway for several hours to detect small relevant obstacles.

 

The aim of this test series is to identify and evaluate relevant dangerous obstacles from non-relevant harmless obstacles (false positives). More than 50 approaches on euro-pallets, brooms, fast food bags or grass tufts were carried out at three different speeds. In addition, the aim was to gain further insights into whether the obstacles are detected in time and whether the systems react correctly.

 

Please also take a look at the DEGES press release (german).

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As safe as flying - Automobilwoche (German)

22.06.2020

Klaus-Dieter Flörecke from the German magazine Automobilwoche talks to Christian Meyer, CEO of LFT, about the benefits of lessons and experiences from aviation for autonomous driving.

The complete article in the Automobilwoche of 22 June 2020 can be downloaded here as a PDF (german).

Interview by Schwäbische Zeitung

25.05.2020

The Schwäbische Zeitung, represented by Mr. Simon Siman, interviewed LAKE FUSION Technologies about their business activities.

 

With the headline “Safer without a driver”, CEO Christian Meyer showed how former Airbus experts want to promote autonomous driving with aircraft technology.

 

The Swabian newspaper has a circulation of around 210,000 and covers a large area of Baden-Württemberg.

 

The entire interview can be downloaded as a PDF (german).

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"A Markdorf company shows what cars can learn from planes" - Südkurier

03.03.2020

We were very pleased to welcome Mrs. Sandra Markert, journalist from Südkurier at LFT on February 19th. She interviewed us in detail about the history of our foundation and our mission to make autonomous driving safer. According to our motto “Pilot safe through road traffic”.

 

The complete article with the headline “What cars learn from airplanes” was published by the Südkurier on February 26th, 2020.

 

The entire article is available online in the business section of the Südkurier here.

Marketing Community Bodensee

18.02.2021

The Marketing Community Lake Constance – MCB (Marketing Community Lake Constance) had its first event in 2020 at LAKE FUSION Technologies GmbH in Markdorf near Lake Constance.

 

Under the heading “From 0 to 100”, CEO Christian Meyer presented the founding history of LFT.

 

The auditorium with well over 40 participants was enthusiastic about the future technology of autonomous driving and its challenges.