Insight LiDAR announces high resolution LiDAR sensor
Insight LiDAR announced the demonstration of Digital Coherent LiDAR, an ultra-high resolution, long-range LiDAR sensor targeted at the autonomous vehicle (AV) market. Insight’s sensor reportedly combines a number of technologies to deliver a low-cost, chip-scale LiDAR that has the sensitivity to range low-reflectivity objects at more than 200 m (656 ft) and deliver what the company says is industry-leading resolution, putting 10-20x more pixels on objects. This ultra-high resolution, along with direct Doppler velocity, aims to allow perception teams to identify and classify objects faster than before while additionally providing the critical information necessary to solve difficult AV edge cases, says Insight.
According to Insight, key attributes of the Digital Coherent LiDAR include:
- Ultra-high resolution: 10-20x higher resolution enabling identification of small and dim objects, even at very long range (200+ meters/600+ ft).
- Direct doppler velocity: Velocity measured with every pixel reduces system latency by 5-8x.
- True solid-state fast-axis scanner: No moving parts in the fast-axis enabling high-reliability and low cost.
- Software defined foveation: Enabling flexible pixel patterning.
- Chip-scale architecture: All photonics on Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs), all electronics on ASIC. Enabling a low-cost, scalable semiconductor cost structure.
- Immunity: Unaffected by sunlight, other LiDAR, or photonic hacking.
“Perception for autonomous vehicles is a really difficult problem,” said Michael Minneman, CEO of Insight LiDAR. “In the case of LiDAR, you really can’t pick and choose which system specifications you want to meet. In order to deliver safe, effective point clouds for the perception team, there are 20 or more really critical specs that all need to be met simultaneously. And they have to be met in an architecture that can be scaled up for low-cost production in the millions of units. That’s exactly what we’ve been able to put together based on over 12 years of technology development.”
“Perception teams all ask for more pixels on objects. More pixels allow algorithms to identify objects and make critical decisions faster,” added Dr. Chris Wood, Head of Development and Technology at Insight LiDAR. “Our technology enables us to drastically increase the pixel count, while simultaneously providing direct velocity information. Together this data addresses most of the really difficult edge cases perception teams face.”
Insight will be demonstrating Digital Coherent LiDAR at CES in Las Vegas.
For more information, visit www.insightlidar.com.