Autonomous Vehicle

Pioneer Developing 3D-LiDAR Sensor

Pioneer Smart Sensing Innovations Corporation is developing a “next-generation 3D-LiDAR sensor” capable of measurement at long distance of 500m. The company recently exhibited a prototype model of this new sensor at CES2020.

PSSI is engaged in co-development of 3D-LiDAR sensors, together with Canon. The company also exhibited a mass production model of 3D-LiDAR sensor (wavelength 905nm), which utilizes Micro Electric Memory Systems (MEMS) mirror-based scanning method and Canon’s optical technologies, at CES2020.

The newly developed next-generation 3D-LiDAR sensor is a 1550nm wavelength sensor model which— although based on the same core technologies developed by PSSI and Canon—claims to offer a greatly extended measurement distance made possible by the addition of transceiver technologies developed by SK Telecom Co., Ltd. (“SK Telecom,” hereafter) of South Korea. The new sensor is capable of high resolution and measurement at long distance of 500m.

The addition of this next-generation model—along with the mass-production model (which will be available in Short Range, Medium Range, Telescopic and Angle types) scheduled mass-production in autumn 2020—will enable PSSI to support to various markets and customer needs, ranging from monitoring applications such as security, infrastructure sensors and long-distance measurement in autonomous driving vehicles. PSSI is also able to develop and offer software that will enable high precision object detection and vehicle localization using various types of LiDAR sensors.

Looking ahead, PSSI will continue its development efforts for its “next-generation 3D-LiDAR sensor”, combining its technologies with those of its partner companies, aiming to achieve higher performance with a more compact size and more sophisticated software, with a view to producing commercial products from 2021 and onwards

Source: Press Release

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