The space sector offers numerous oppurtunities for photonics technologies in the development and offering of satellite-based services. (Image: Shutterstock/Dima Zel)

Looking skyward: Photonics opportunities in space

The ongoing commercialisation of the space sector is creating numerous opportunities for photonics technologies, Matthew Dale learns

Ams Osram’s multi-junction VCSELs are helping to improve automotive lidar. Credit: Ams Osram

VCSELs rev up for life in the fast lane

Multi-junction vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers are likely to displace LEDs and edge-emitting lasers in sensing, finds Andy Extance

Teams of up to 15 workers will be replaced by just two drone operatives. Credit: Scottish Water

Lidar-equipped drones to survey Scottish sewers

Lidar will cut the cost of repairs and maintenance, reduce the risk of flooding and pollution, improve the utility’s ability to target investment, and enhance workers’ safety.

Innoviz Technologies' lidar sensors and perception software will be used across Volkswagen's brands. (Image: InnovizTechnologies)

$4bn deal: Innoviz is Volkswagen's new lidar supplier

The selection is Innoviz’ third major design win and has increased its forward-looking order book by $4 billion to $6.6 billion

Aeva’s Aeries II lidar module has a sensing range of up to 500 metres, and is able to measure velocity for each pixel. (Image: Aeva)

Sick to bring Aeva 4D lidar to industrial sensing

Aeva’s Aeries II lidar module has a sensing range of up to 500m, and is able to measure velocity for each pixel

Driving lidar forward

How automotive companies can choose the right lidar technology for their applications, by Gemma Church

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Tech focus: Lidar

A look at the market for lidar and some of the systems, products and solutions available


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