US LiDAR Company Sense Photonics to Open Edinburgh R&D Center with £1.9 Million Grant from Scottish Enterprise

Sense Photonics, expert in LiDAR and 3D sensor solutions for autonomous vehicles and industrial automation, announced that it is set to enhance its presence in Scotland, following a £1.9 million grant (US$2.39 million) from Scottish Enterprise.

With the support, Sense Photonics will open an Advanced LiDAR Research and Development Centre in Edinburgh, creating 38 high-value jobs in the process. The company is at the forefront of the innovative LiDAR industry, with ground-breaking technology based on more than 200 patents.

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Headquartered in Durham, North Carolina, Sense Photonics currently has a small research base in Edinburgh, with the company already enjoying a positive working relationship with the University of Edinburgh’s Institute of Integrated Micro and Nano Systems.

Welcoming the news, Scottish Government Innovation Minister, Ivan McKee, said, “This new base will add to Scotland’s existing billion-pound photonics sector, which supports 4,000 highly skilled jobs at a value added per employee that is three times the national average. The Scottish Government and our agencies will continue to support the sector by building on our skills and academic excellence to develop a workforce ready for the future and ensure that Scotland maximizes the opportunities of the rapidly growing market - accelerated by unprecedented demand for photonics-enabled technologies.”

Founded in 2016, Sense Photonics’ LiDAR system aims to usher in a new era of advanced 3D imaging technology for automotive and industrial applications, including autonomous cars and robotic systems.

Rather than using complex scanning solutions to create an image pixel-by-pixel, Sense Photonics captures the entire frame at once, similar to a camera. The company calls this Flash LiDAR, which delivers high performance 3D sensing that is simple, modular, scalable and reliable.

Sense Photonics will create a globally competitive research centre in Edinburgh, which will include laboratory and office space. The centralised R&D centre will bring all elements of sensor research and development within a single location, taking advantage of the deep pool of talent in the region.


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