Solid-State LiDAR Technology Are Gaining Traction to Complement Autonomous Vehicles & Sensor Fusion

Tue, 24 September 2019 11:25

Solid-State LiDAR technology is a sensor used for mapping, object detection and identification, and navigation without relying on lighting conditions.

Some of the solid-state LiDAR applications across various industries verticals are as follows

  • Automotive sector: Internal navigation sensors, air conditioning sensor, airbag sensor, fuel level, and vapor pressure sensor
  • Electronic sector: Inkjet printer heads, projection screen television, earthquake sensor, avionics pressure sensor, and disk drive heads

For instance, several car manufacturers, such as Bosch, Audi, Delphi, Continental, and Mercedes-Benz are emphasizing on R&D activities for autonomous driving concept and advanced driver assistance system in the vehicle.

Extensive Use of Drones Equipped with a Solid-State LiDAR System

Factors such as an increase in UAV venture funding, technological developments, and growing drone applications in commercial sectors — 3D mapping, aerial view, drone delivery, are projected to fuel the aerial drones segment. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the number of small drones registered in the U.S. is around 1.1 million units in 2017.

AEye’s 360 Degree Solid-State LiDAR System to Scale Up the Market Purview

The demand for the solid-state LiDAR technology in the automotive market has been growing considerably and anticipated to drive the autonomous vehicles segment. Based on location, the automotive LiDAR sensors can be divided into headlight & taillight, bumper & grill, roof & upper pillar, and windscreen & rearview mirror. Furthermore, increasing concern regarding environment protection, surging sales of electric vehicles, and favorable government initiatives to bring forth green vehicle has boosted the market significantly. In September 2017, AEye Inc., — a  technology company involved in the development of advanced vision hardware and software solutions, announced the completion of a successful live demo of its 360° solid-state LiDAR system for autonomous vehicle application. It is a first commercial solid-state LiDAR system capable of 360° coverage and real-time software configurability.

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An Outburst of Trailblazing Technologies in the Automotive Industry Marks an Epoch-Making Event for the Europe Solid-State LiDAR Market 

Europe holds the largest market share, followed by North America, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. Some of the factors driving the solid-state LiDAR market growth are surging popularity of autonomous vehicles and the increasing investment to bring in new & advanced technology. Additionally, favorable reimbursement policies, the presence of automotive manufacturers, and the vast population base in Europe are the market determinants during the forecast period, 2019–2026. The automotive industry has been disrupted by several game-changing technologies over the last few years, which include driverless car prototypes and Automotive ECU (Electronic Control Units).

Recent Developments

  • In 2018, Innoviz technologies launched the MEMS-based scanning LiDAR solution called “InnovizPro”, which offers a long detection range up to 150 meters
  • In 2018, BMW i Ventures invested in Blackmore Sensors and Analytics, Inc. for developing next-generation LiDAR technology for the automotive industry
  • In 2019, Blickfeld’s 3D solid-state LiDAR technology is uniquely designed to attain the highest automotive performance requirements ensuring the safety of vehicle along with providing in-depth information related to the surrounding environment. It is integrated with automotive lighting system and allows real-time 3D mapping and object detection, classification, and tracking, without damaging the design of the vehicle; bolstering the company’s production of LiDAR sensors used for advanced driver assistance system.

Key Players

  • Innoviz
  • Infineon Technologies
  • Quanergy
  • Innovusion
  • Continental AG
  • LeddarTech
  • Delphi Automotive
  • AEye
  • Cepton
  • Luminar
  • Velodyne LiDAR
  • Robosense

Solid-State LiDAR Market Market Segmentation

By Product Type

  • MEMS-Based Scanning
  • Optical Phased Arrays
  • Flash LiDAR

By End-User

  • Intelligent Machine Vision and Robotics
  • Assisted Surgery
  • Air Quality Monitoring
  • Aerial Drones
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Automation of Factory Robots

Regions Covered

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa

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