On a quest to make self-driving cars safer, Innovusion has designed the world’s first image-grade LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) system intended to create a high-density point-cloud for self-driving perception, decision, and control. Designed to provide crucial information about dynamic environments, a high angular resolution allows the LiDAR to detect cars for up to 270 meters, small objects, and even reading signage.The image-grade technology makes it seamless to reliably detect vehicles that are hundreds of meters away. “In Level 3 self-driving cars, our goal is to allow drivers to be hands-off and minds off—meaning they can afford to be distracted rather than being prompted to take control. The transition to manual driving could take up to 10 seconds due to psychological and physical limitations.
Our sensor LiDAR system—capable of capturing 3D images from long distances—is built to allow the autonomous vehicle to drive reliably without running into danger,” adds Bao.
Our sensor LiDAR system— capable of capturing 3D images from long distances—is built to allow the autonomous vehicle to drive reliably without running into danger
As of this writing, Innovusion is working with its customers in testing the LiDAR system. Thus far, the startup’s greatest feat is being chosen by an automotive giant as the LiDAR supplier for a new series of Level 4 self-driving cars. “After choosing us as one of the finalists, they tried out samples of our system to test criterions such as 360-degree image capability, distance, frame rate, working principles, standing pattern, etc. Their goal is to build a complete system—in the meantime, they are using our sensors to develop perception solutions while working on aspects such as planning and control and execution. They realize that the final version of the car is a few years away, and are accommodating us in the development program,” reveals Bao, while stressing that Innovusion has aligned its roadmap with said client’s requirements.
In the near future, Innovusion will make its compact and easy-to-integrate LiDAR systems available commercially. With the financial backing to facilitate volume production, Innovusion also benefits from the foundational pieces that drive its innovations. “Since a third our employees and partners are Chinese, we have knowledge of both the Chinese and western markets,” concludes Bao. A recent McKinsey future forecast revealed that autonomous vehicles are positioned to take over the entire automotive market in China.