LiDAR News: Lumotive, Robosense, Light, Microvision

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Lumotive announces Early Access Program (EAP) to accelerate adoption of its LiDAR technology. The EAP provides engineering support and early access to Lumotive's software-defined beam-steering technology to enable customized product design and rapid system integration.

While our 3D-sensing products leverage innovative Liquid Crystal Metasurfaces (LCMs) to provide significant performance and cost advantages in several key markets, we know that customers want to accelerate time-to-market for their sensing systems with differentiated, application-specific features,” said Lumotive co-founder and CEO, William Colleran. “For companies developing LiDAR products targeting automotive, industrial and consumer markets, our EAP delivers access to Lumotive’s technology -- including our software-defined beam-steering API -- well before general availability. In exchange, Lumotive gains a number of early-adopter partners and valuable insight into their product requirements which drives our own core technology development.


BusinessWire: RoboSense launches an 80 laser-beam LiDAR ready for customer delivery with early-bird price of $12,800, and standard price of $15,800. The performance of the RS-Ruby Lite is close to that of the 128 laser-beam LiDAR RS-Ruby, with a vertical angular resolution of 0.1 degrees and 160m @ 10% ranging ability (with the longest detection range of 230 meters), making it suitable to address medium-and-high-speed autonomous driving applications.



IEEE Spectrum publishes an article on Light.Co new plan of 3D camera for cars "Will Camera Startup Light Give Autonomous Vehicles Better Vision than Lidar?" The article starts from Ligh. Co history of 16-lens L16 camera and Nokia 9 smartphone project:

I think our timing was bad,” Light CEO Dave Grannan says. “In 2019 smartphone sales started to shrink, the product became commoditized, and there was a shift from differentiating on quality and features to competing on price. We had a premium solution, involving extra cameras and an ASIC, and that was not going to work in that environment.

Light began an R&D program in early 2019 to further refine its algorithms for use in autonomous vehicles. In mid-2019, with the consumer phone and camera market looking sour, the company announced that it was getting out of that business, and pivoted the entire company to focus on sensing systems for autonomous vehicles.

We can cover a longer range—up to 1000 meters, compared with 200 or so for lidar,” says Grannan. “The systems we are building can cost a few thousand dollars instead of tens of thousands of dollars. And our systems use less power, a key feature for electric vehicles.

In these days, Light is testing the first prototypes, trying different numbers of cameras in the array, a variety of focal lengths, and optimizing the design. So far, Light uses FPGA for the depth map calculations but a dedicated ASIC should be available by early 2021.

The prototype is still in stealth. Light Co. expects to unveil it and announce partnerships with AV companies later this year.


Microvision presents its first automotive MEMS LiDAR capable of 20M points/s rate, 200m range in sunlight, and adaptive FOV:


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