Magneti Marelli and LeddarTech to jointly develop LiDAR systems for autonomous driving
Magneti Marelli has acquired a stake in LeddarTech Inc., a developer of solid-state LiDAR (light detection and ranging) sensing technology. Magneti Marelli and LeddarTech have also entered into a technical and commercial cooperation agreement to jointly develop complete LiDAR systems aimed at autonomous driving applications and destined for integration in automotive lighting products for OEMs worldwide.
"Our know-how in high-end lighting technologies paves the way to new applications aimed at autonomous driving systems, which will be crucial in the future of automotive," said Pietro Gorlier, CEO of Magneti Marelli. "The investment in LeddarTech, with its proven and proprietary competence in solid-state LiDAR sensors, provides Magneti Marelli with the opportunity to partner with a technology leader with key expertise in this strategically important sector."
LeddarTech says its solid-state LiDAR systems provide reliable, high-performing, and cost-effective sensors. The company’s patented signal acquisition and processing techniques enable generation of cleaner return signals with better range and sensitivity than other solid-state LiDAR solutions, according to the company.
Magneti Marelli says it has already begun coupling its electronics and lighting knowledge with autonomous driving technology. The first development is the "Smart Corner" solution, which uses the areas of the car traditionally reserved for lighting systems (i.e., the corners) to combine the sensors useful for autonomous driving into one unit. Integrated into the advanced projector headlamps and tail lamps are solid-state LiDAR, cameras, radar, and ultrasonic sensors to create a modular, self-contained, efficient solution to package and locate the many sensors required to support autonomous capability.