Sep 19, 2017: AEye Inc, a robotic vision pioneer, announced completion of a successful live metropolitan demo showcasing its solid state commercial LiDAR system with 360° vehicle coverage. AEye’s high performance system employs a dense 150-vertical-channel LiDAR scanner, paired with region of interest configurability, for enhanced ranges up to 300 meters. AEye is 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. “This is just the starting point for AEye. Our system’s use of intelligent sensing and software-definable LiDAR (SDL) will catalyze rapid innovation and world class perception capabilities, enabling OEMs, Tier-1 suppliers, and mobility companies to successfully tackle their toughest corner cases.”
AEye’s integrated system architecture and advanced algorithms emulate how the visual cortex pre-processes and customizes information sent to the brain. The system pre-fuses computer vision and 1550 nanometer band LiDAR for intelligent data collection and rapid perception and motion planning. AEye’s 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 improves reliability, lowers power requirements and reduces median system bandwidth requirements – advances that are key to providing high resolution and low latency mobility solutions. In addition, Its unique MEMS-based design allows for rapid development, customization, and cost-effective manufacturing at scale.
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.