AEye demos first 360° solid-state LiDAR system
AEye Inc., a robotic vision company, says it has completed a successful live metropolitan demo showcasing its solid-state commercial LiDAR system with 360° vehicle coverage. The system employs a dense 150-vertical-channel LiDAR scanner, paired with region of interest configurability, for enhanced ranges up to 300 m (984 ft). AEye claims to be the first to announce a commercial solid-state system capable of 360° coverage and real-time software configurability—key milestones for the delivery of high-performance, compact, cost-effective advanced vision systems that enable self-driving vehicles to safely navigate roadways.
“This milestone reflects a leap into next-generation vision systems, in which solid-state systems combine best-in-class technology to achieve distance, frame-rate, and resolution previously unattainable,” said Luis Dussan, Founder and CEO of AEye.
AEye’s system architecture and algorithms are designed to emulate how the visual cortex pre-processes and customizes information sent to the brain. The system pre-fuses computer vision and 1550-nm-band LiDAR for intelligent data collection and rapid perception and motion planning. Software-configurable hardware enables vehicle control system software to selectively customize data collection in real time, while optional edge processing reduces control loop latency for optimal performance and safety. By having a visual cortex behind the “eyes” of the vehicle that digests information quickly and efficiently, AEye reportedly improves reliability, lowers power requirements, and reduces median system bandwidth requirements.
AEye is currently testing its system with large transportation and heavy-industry OEMs and conducting demonstrations with key mobility and supply chain partners, with phased commercial rollouts planned throughout 2017 and 2018.