LiDAR systems have become a hot topic for autonomous vehicle (AV) applications. The opportunity to provide solutions for large fleets of self-driving vehicles has spurred a wave of competing LiDAR companies and technologies. As these solutions mature and enter the commercial market, the focus on them will shift from performance to manufacturability and quality to meet automotive OEM standards.
Automotive industry quality and safety requirements are rigorous and must be applied from the system down to the component level. Automotive OEMs put their systems through a battery of functional tests that can take up to two years.