2019-06-21

TriLumina Launches the World’s First Surface-Mount Flip-Chip Back-Emitting VCSEL Array

TriLumina announced the launch of a surface-mount flip-chip back-emitting VCSEL array without the need for a submount or bond wires, allowing lower costs and higher performance than existing designs using near-infrared light-emitting laser diodes or LEDs for 3D sensing. Conventional VCSEL arrays are mounted on a submount and use bond wires for electrical connections. TriLumina’s back-emitting VCSEL technology has been flip-chip packaged and used in automotive long-range LiDAR prototypes, for low power mobile and in-cabin 3D sensing applications. (Im...
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2019-06-17

Israel LiDAR Company Innoviz Closes Series C Funding at US$170M

Innoviz Technologies, the Israeli LiDAR sensor and perception software provider, announced that it has closed its Series C funding round with US$170 million. The total funding of the company came to US$252 million. (The close of Innoviz’s Series C funding round marks a significant milestone in a long line of achievements by the company. Image: Innoviz) The company said that this funding will support several key initiatives, including the enhancement of Innoviz's perception software. Innoviz's perception software provides vehicles with a deep underst...
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2019-06-12

Sense Photonics Raises US$26 Million to Expand Depth Sensing for Autonomous Vehicles and Industrial Robotics

Sense Photonics, a company building the next generation of LiDAR and 3D sensor solutions for autonomous vehicles, industrial equipment and other applications, announced a close of a $26 million Series A funding round. The round was co-led by Acadia Woods and Congruent Ventures, with participation from a number of other investors, including Prelude Ventures, Samsung Ventures and Shell Ventures. The company’s solid-state LiDAR system ushers in a new era of advanced 3D imaging technology designed from the ground up to meet the cost, performance and safety requ...
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2019-06-04

IBM Initiates LiDAR Pilot Project for Elderly Care

LiDAR sensors not only improve road safety for self-driving cars, they can also help in monitoring and care of elderly. IBM began a trial home care service adopting LiDAR sensors with a UK startup company Cera Care. The pilot project will combine IBM’s machine learning software with LiDAR sensors, reported Reuters. IBM Research UK teamed up with Cera Care to develop an elderly home care system to monitor clients’ activity. They will install LiDAR sensors in the houses of 10 to 15 volunteers in the UK since June to track activities of t...
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2019-05-30

Velodyne Confirms Its LiDAR Patent

Velodyne announced that it has won a patent lawsuit filed by its competitor Quanergy. The US Patent Trial and Appeals Board ruled the validity of Velodyne’s US Patent 7,969,558 on May 23, 2019. According to Velodyne, the patent is related to a LiDAR based 3D point cloud measuring system used for Autonomous Vehicles, ADAS, Robotic vision, and other diverse applications. “Velodyne Lidar is the inventor of the surround view LiDAR and we were confident that our patent would be upheld,” said Marta Hall, President of Velodyne Lidar. &ldqu...
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2019-05-28

Self-driving Startup Aurora to Acquire LiDAR Company Blackmore

Aurora, the self-driving technology developer, announced its plan to acquire Blackmore, a US-based LiDAR company, asserting LiDAR as a critical component for autonomous vehicle. In Aurora’s announcement, the company noted that on top of its prior knowledge of self-driving technology, it is now focusing on the next generation LiDAR technology called Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW). Blackmore, with its expertise in FMCW, will provide Aurora advantages of high dynamic range, single photon sensitivity, and interference immunity, which advance s...
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2019-05-24

German LiDAR Company Blickfeld and Koito Partner to Develop LiDAR Integrated Headlight

Blickfeld, a Germany-based LiDAR technology provider, announced its partnership with Koito Manufacturing, the tier-one supplier of exterior automotive lighting, for exploring technologies to develop a LiDAR sensor that can be fully integrated into a headlight. The integration of Blickfeld’s LiDAR into Koito headlamps will enable automobile manufacturers to possess breakthrough LiDAR technology in which the sensor is fully integrated into the vehicle. Blickfeld claims that the integration will facilitate progress in serial Advanced Driver Assistance System...
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2019-05-21

ams Partners Ibeo and ZF to Deliver LiDAR Technology for Autonomous Driving

Austria-based sensor developer ams announces that it has signed an agreement to team with Ibeo Automotive Systems, the German specialist for automotive LiDAR sensor technology, and ZF Friedrichshafen, automotive technology developer, to advance LiDAR technology for use in autonomous driving and other applications. The three companies will partner on joint R&D efforts to ensure that this exciting technology can be quickly and safely adopted by 2021. (Image: ams) ams will provide automotive-grade VCSEL arrays and drivers for solid-state LiDAR illumination...
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2019-05-17

LiDAR Manufacturers Updates: Cepton and AEye Announce New Partnerships; Quanergy Achieves Automotive Standards

To further speed up autonomous driving technology development, LiDAR producers are strengthening their cooperation with different strategic partners. Cepton announced partnership with Dataspeed, an autonomous vehicle solution provider while Aeye reported an investment from Japan-based component maker Aisin. Meanwhile, Quanergy revealed that it has met automotive requirement. 3D LiDAR solutions developer Cepton Technologies announced that it has partneredp with autonomous vehicle solution specialist Dataspeed. Through the partnership, Dataspeed’s customers will ...
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2019-05-16

Toyoda Gosei Invests In Optics Technology Startup Imuzak for Autonomous Driving Technology Development

Toyoda Gosei, the Japanese industrial group, announced its investment in IMUZAK, a optics technology startup, for strengthening optical modules for autonomous driving technology development. The evolution of autonomous driving technology is expected to increase the need for parts equipped with sensing functions to recognize the surrounding environment, such as nearby vehicles or pedestrians and road configuration, and human-machine interface functions for communication between vehicles and people. Given this trend, Toyoda Gosei is integrating sensors and other electronic co...
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2019-05-13

Velodyne to Present LiDAR Solutions for Autonomous Vehicles at SmartDrivingCar Summit

Velodyne Lidar is going to demonstrate its LiDAR solutions at the SmartDrivingCar Summit on May 15-16 in Princeton, N.J., USA. The SmartDrivingCar Summit examines the fundamental economic forces of supply, demand, and public oversight driving deployment and commercialization of vehicle autonomy. The event is co-chaired by Professor Alain Kornhauser of Princeton University and features academic, industry, and government experts discussing the safety benefits of self-driving cars, regulatory challenges, mobility and community service benefits, and technology. ...
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2019-05-07

LiDAR Makers Strengthen Partnership for Market Expansion and Technology Integration

The rising market of autonomous vehicle has driven developments of LiDAR sensor and other sensing technology. LiDAR providers are also actively building up connections with industry partners for speeding up their market expansion and technology improvement. Quanergy Systems, LiDAR sensors and smart sensing solutions provider announced its partnership with NIT, a distributor of IP surveillance and physical security solutions in the META region (Middle East, Turkey, Africa). Through the partnership, Quanergy aims to expand the market for its LiDAR-based sec...
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2019-04-30

LiDAR Companies Continue Business Expansion: Lumibird Reports Revenue Growth and Cepton Sets up New UK Office

Fueled by the rising autonomous driving technology applications, LiDAR sensor manufacturers have reported business growth and expansion. The LUMIBIRD Group announced a robust revenue growth for 1Q19 while Cepton opened a new office in the UK to accelerate EMEIA business. Paris-based laser specialist Lumibird posted a revenue of EUR 24.2 million (US$ 27.07 million) for the first quarter of 2019 with an on-year increase of 35.2%. The three strategic business lines of the company, LiDAR, Defense and Medical, are delivering strong growth in value. LiDA...
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2019-04-26

Velodyne Lidar Teams up with Nikon for LiDAR Sensor Mass Production in 2H19

Velodyne Lidar announced an agreement with Nikon Cooperation, under which Sendai Nikon Corporation, a Nikon subsidiary, will manufacture LiDAR sensors for Velodyne with plans to start mass production in the second half of 2019. Through the partnership with Nikon to boost LiDAR sensor production, Velodyne aims to expand its business in North America, Europe and Asia, indicated Marta Hall, President and CBDO, Velodyne Lidar. The company has set a goal to produce LiDAR in millions of units to meet the rising demands in the automotive industry and other a...
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2019-04-24

Pioneer and Canon Partner to Develop LiDAR Sensor Targeting Autonomous Vehicle Market

Pioneer and Canon announced that the two companies have agreed to co-develop a 3D LiDAR sensor with the goal of mass production by Pioneer in 2020. 3D-LiDAR sensors use laser light to accurately measure the distance of objects as well as ascertain three-dimensional information relating to distance and the surrounding environment in real time, and are regarded as an indispensable key device for the realization of level-three and above autonomous vehicles. Pioneer has been working on the development of low cost Micro Electric Memory Systems (MEMS) as well as object rec...
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2019-04-19

Apple Reportedly Talks to LiDAR Suppliers for Its Self-Driving Cars

Apple has held talks with LiDAR suppliers seeking for advanced LiDAR sensors for its self-driving cars, suggesting that Apple is still working on its automotive vehicle project, known as “Project Titan,” reported Reuters. According to Reuters, Apple has talked to at least four LiDAR suppliers, aiming to find LiDAR sensors with a “revolutionary design” that are “smaller, cheaper and easily mass produced” in comparison to the current technology. However, the reports said Apple has not yet found one that meets its demands. (I...
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2019-04-09

ITRI Wins Edison Awards with Integrated Road Safety Solution

Taiwan-based research institute, ITRI, announced that it won Silver in the Transportation & Logistics category at 2019 Edison Awards with its integrated road safety solution, iRoadSafe. According to ITRI, iRoadSafe is the world’s first V2X safety system solution integrating V2V/V2I communications, roadside sensing, and CMS (Changeable Message Sign) technologies to provide safety warnings for all road users, including those without on-board unit (OBU) installation. To break through the limitation from OBU installation, iRoadSafe integrates ...
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2019-03-25

Lumotive Improves LiDAR Performance with LCM Technology to Enable Autonomous Vehicles

Lumotive, a LiDAR startup funded by Bill Gates, announced its development of a disruptive beam-steering technology which will significantly improve the performance, reliability and cost of LiDAR systems for the emerging self-driving car industry. With its patented system using Liquid Crystal Metasurfaces (LCM) and silicon fabrication, Lumotive introduced its beam steering LiDAR that is able to simultaneously offer large optical aperture, wide field-of-view and fast scanning. LCMs, semiconductor chips that steer laser pulses based on the light-bending principle...
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2019-03-21

RoboSense Provides Cold-Resistant LiDAR to Autonomous Shuttle Bus by MUJI and Sensible 4

Chinese LiDAR company RoboSense announced that it has provided a cold-resistant LiDAR for GACHA, the world's first autonomous driving shuttle bus for all weather conditions which was reported by LEDinside last year. GACHA is equipped with RoboSense's advanced cold-resistant 16-beam mechanical LiDAR environment perception system to operate vehicles in harsh winter and other severe weather conditions. The autonomous shuttle bus was co-designed by Sensible 4, a Finnish autonomous driving company, and MUJI, the Japanese retail brand. Sensible 4 p...
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2019-03-12

Google’s Self-Driving Spinoff Waymo Starts to Sell Its LiDAR Sensors

Waymo, the self-driving subsidiary of Alphabet, will start selling its LiDAR sensor, joining the LiDAR business competition with other LiDAR producers including Velodyne LiDAR and Quanergy. Simon Verghese, Head of Lidar Team at Waymo, announced in a blog post that the company is going to sell Laser Bear Honeycomb, one of the LiDAR sensors Waymo developed for its self-driving vehicles to “select partners” – those who do not compete with Waymo in self-driving taxi business. Waymo has developed three types of sensors using short, mediu...
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2019-03-04

Quanergy Brings Its LiDAR Technology to India Market with Athena

LiDAR technology provider Quanergy teamed up with Athena Security Solutions, an intelligent security solution provider based in Hyderabad, India, to offer its LiDAR solutions for environment monitoring and risk control in India. Through the cooperation, Athena will provide the entire range of Quanergy’s solutions, including the Solid State S3-X series sensors and QORTEX for Security™ to its corporate and government clients across India. Vishnu Choudhary, CEO of Athena Security Solutions, commented, “Partnering with Quanergy wi...
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2019-02-22

New Patents Granted for AEye with Its Integrated iDAR System

Perception solution developer AEye announced that eight patents related to its perception system iDAR (Intelligent Detection and Ranging) have been confirmed. AEye’s iDAR is an integrated system combining solid-state MEMs-based agile LiDAR, fused HD camera, and software definable AI technology. With the aim to solve the challenges of robotic vision for autonomous vehicles, AEye developed iDAR, the artificial perception system that combines LiDAR, HD camera and AI intelligence to create a smart perception sensor that mimic human visual cortex fo...
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2019-02-13

ams to Introduce Sensor Solutions for Mobile Devices at MWC 2019

Austrian sensing solution provider ams announced that it will showcase several industry-first technologies for mobile devices at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona during February 25 -28. ams will demonstrate state-of-the-art sensor solutions for mobile, computing and consumers including 3D sensing technology, behind screen solution color sensors and medical-level wearable devices. The industrial and automotive applications of these technologies will also be presented by ams. (image: ams) The 3D sensing technologies for mobile devices include active stereo ca...
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2019-02-11

【Photonics West 2019】Long Wavelength, Mobile 3D Sensing and LiDAR are the Major Market Momentum

Photonics West 2019 is the largest photonics exhibition in the world held annually in San Francisco. According to the exhibitors at the show, LEDinside learnt that the main technical challenges of VCSEL include power conversion efficiency (PCE), temperature drift, slope efficiency, and light field design. Most of the exhibitors at the show have achieved a power conversion efficiency of 40% for VCSEL products of 1-2W. Among them, Lumentum said it will continue to increase conversion efficiency to 43% in this year. LEDinside was honored to interview Somit Jos...
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2019-01-29

Velodyn LiDAR Supports Postmates for Autonomous Delivery Rover

Velodyne LiDAR has begun partnership with Postmates, a food delivery startup, by providing its LiDAR sensors to Postmates Serve, innovative self-driving rover providing services for short-distance deliveries. (Image: Postmates) The autonomous rover is equipped with Velodyne’s market-leading VLP-16 Puck™ sensor, which is built into the top of the rover for a high-performance surround view, enabling Serve to detect people and objects as it completes local deliveries. Serve can carry 50 lbs and go 30 miles on a single charge. Also, it can interact wit...
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2019-01-25

Insight LiDAR Debuts Long-range LiDAR Based on FMCW for Autonomous Vehicles

US-based Insight LiDAR showcased its new LiDAR technology development at CES 2019. The company presented Digital Coherent LiDAR, a chip-scale, long-range LiDAR sensor based on Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) to target the emerging autonomous vehicle market. FMCW radar radiates continuous transmission power and can change its operating frequency during the measurement. The technology has stronger sensing capability in comparison with ToF and is suitable for long distance detection. Insight’s Digital Coherent LiDAR was develope...
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2019-01-23

【NEPCON JAPAN】LiDAR and Autonomous Driving Technologies Demonstrated for Next Generation Automobile Transformation

AUTOMOTIVE WORLD, the automotive technology exhibition taking place concurrently with NEPCON Japan, highlighted the theme of CASE, addressing the next generation features of connected, autonomous, sharing and electric vehicles. Masaki Soda, the show director of AUTOMOTIVE WORLD, told LEDinside that the show gathered cutting-edge automotive technologies focusing on the components and technologies of vehicles including lighting modules, battery drivers, automotive IC, panels and others. Soda said, AUTOMOTIVE WORLD offers a plat...
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2019-01-11

Cepton Launches New LiDAR Products with NVIDIA AI Computing Platform for Autonomous Driving Applications

Cepton Technologies, a provider of 3D LiDAR solutions for automotive, industrial and mapping applications, announced that it has release two new LiDAR products, Vista-M and Vista-X, to its product portfolio. The Vista series LiDAR solutions are built with Cepton’s patented Micro-Motion Technology (MMT™) and run on the NVIDIA DRIVE in-vehicle AI computing platform—providing high resolution and long-range imaging to enable all levels of autonomous applications. (Image: Cepton) The Vista-M LiDAR packs a 120-degree fiel...
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2019-01-10

AEye Partners Hella and LG to Address Sensing and Perception Solutions for Autonomous Driving

LiDAR startup AEye announced that it has extended strategic partnership with automotive lighting supplier HELLA and started collaboration with LG Electronics in developing and manufacturing sensing and perception solutions for autonomous driving. AEye’s iDAR artificial perception system leads the industry in range and scan rate performance for automotive-grade LiDAR. iDAR is a new form of intelligent data collection that fuses 1550 nanometer (nm), solid-state agile LiDAR with a low-light HD camera and embedded AI to intelligently capture data at the...
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2019-01-08

LEDinside: LiDAR Laser Market Scale Will Achieve USD 191 Million in 2023

According to the latest report, titled “LEDinside 2019 Infrared Sensing Application Market Report- Mobile Sensing, LiDAR and Optical Sensing,” various IR products have kept developing, bringing about unlimited business opportunities. LEDinside focuses on the applications as follows, including security surveillance, biometric recognition on mobile device (iris, 2D facial, under display fingerprint recognition- optical and ultrasonic, 3D facial recognition- structured light, ToF, stereo vision), digital medical care (pulse, oximetry, glucose sensing), spec...
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TSLC Corporation, a subsidiary of SemiLEDs, launched sampling of its tri-color Mini LED series, targeted to provide LED display manufacturers with surface-mounting (SMT) compatible devices. The first product in the tri-color multi pixel series... READ MORE

The German chemistry giant BASF has revealed its development of dark automotive paint colors that are reflective to LiDAR for enhancing the detecting function of autonomous cars. LiDAR plays a critical role to the development of autonomous veh... READ MORE