Top lidar firms to be honoured at CES 2019
Two lidar systems have been honoured by awards at the upcoming 2019 consumer electronics show, CES. The annual technology event will be held 8 to 11 January 2019 in Las Vegas, USA.
Israeli company Innoviz Technologies has been awarded with the 2019 CES Best of Innovation honour for its InnovizOne automotive-grade solid-state lidar device, while RoboSense has been named a CES 2019 Innovation Awards honouree for its RoboSense RS-IPLS Intelligent Perception lidar system.
Earlier in 2018, BMW announced it planned to deploy InnovizOne as part of its autonomous vehicles programme beginning in 2021, while HiRain Technologies, a Tier 1 Chinese automotive supplier, has also partnered with Innoviz.
Innoviz’s lidar solution is a solid-state, MEMS-based design, offering a 250-metre detection range, an angular resolution of 0.1 x 0.1 degrees, a frame rate of 25fps, and a depth accuracy of 3cm. It is based on 905nm laser light.
InnovizOne combined with Innoviz’s computer vision software delivers a complete software stack for autonomous vehicles. The software provides object detection, classification, tracking, lane marking, and simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM).
With $82 million in venture capital funding, the company has grown since its founding in 2016 and now employs more than 200 people. It has expanded beyond its Israeli headquarters to include a presence in the US, China, Japan and Europe. It has strategic partnerships with Tier 1 solution providers including Aptiv, Magna International, HiRain Technologies, and Samsung Harman.
RoboSense develops hardware and algorithm-based solutions for autonomous driving. Its RS-IPLS system is based on high-performance MEMS solid-state lidar. The system incorporates ‘gaze’ technology, which identifies and locks onto a target of interest in its field of view.
In October 2018, RoboSense obtained $45 million in strategic financing from Alibaba’s Cainiao network and some of China’s top OEMs - the largest single financing ever in China’s lidar industry.
Other technology to be honoured at CES 2019 include: GaN-on-silicon monolithic microLED display technology from Plessey Semiconductors, designed for augmented reality devices; and Bot3’s BB-16-VSLAM vision positioning and navigation module, for localisation and mapping of mobile robots.