LeddarTech, which offers a scalable auto and mobility LiDAR platform, has announced a strategic collaboration with First Sensor AG, a supplier of advanced sensor solutions. The collaboration will produce what is reportedly the only open and comprehensive LiDAR platform option for OEMs and Tier 1s.
According to the companies, the platform provides a complete, comprehensive set of solutions that addresses the requirements of OEMs and Tier 1s. It will provide common architectures as well as standardized components that ensure lower risk, improved production volume scalability, optimize cost, and provide the flexibility to address multiple LiDAR applications.
LeddarTech and First Sensor will initiate this collaboration with the development of a LiDAR Evaluation Kit, demonstrating a technical concept in a working LiDAR and creating a tool for Tier 1s and system integrators to develop their own LiDAR based on LeddarEngine technology, First Sensor APDs, and additional ecosystem partners’ technologies, products, and services. The kit will primarily target automotive front LiDAR applications for high-speed highway driving such as Highway Pilot and Traffic Jam Assist.
First Sensor supplies high-performance avalanche photodiodes and is developing the receiver submodule based on their APDs for the LIDAR evaluation kit. The receiver submodule leverages LeddarTech’s patented LeddarCore SoC and LeddarSP signal processing software to capture the reflected pulse coming from the objects in the field of view in order to provide time-of-flight data for rendering a 3D image that includes depth information.
“We are delighted to partner with First Sensor, one of the world’s leading developers and producers of chips, components, sensors, and sensor systems as a strategic partner,” stated Michael Poulin, Vice-President, Product Management at LeddarTech, in a statement. “First Sensor, LeddarTech and other select members, working synergistically as part of the Leddar Ecosystem, will provide increased value to our customers.”