Sivers Photonics receives £325k to develop quantum-based lidar

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Sivers Photonics has received £324,800 of UK government funding for its part in Spidar, a quantum project to develop range finding and 3D imaging systems for driver assisted and autonomous vehicles.

The project is in collaboration with high-profile commercial partners Toshiba, Network Rail and Thales UK, amongst others.

The Spidar project will develop single-photon, infrared imaging, detection and ranging technology. 'This technology will be used to sense the proximity of objects and other vehicles for driver safety and self-driving vehicle applications; a market valued at $556 Billion by 2026,' said Billy McLaughlin, Sivers Photonics MD.

The photon detector will delivers sub-nanosecond precision, detecting single photons from the faintest possible reflections. 'This technology enables a far greater detection range for 3D cameras than is currently available, enhancing both safety and effectiveness when deployed in real-life applications like vehicle safety,' McLaughlin added. 

The total Spidar project grant is worth £3.62 Million, split between Sivers Photonics and project partners Toshiba Research, Network Rail Infrastructure, Thales UK, Bay Photonics, Heriot-Watt University, Horiba Mira, IQE, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow.

Sivers Photonics (previously CST Global) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sivers Semiconductors AB.

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