MicroVision on course with development of MEMS long-range lidar system

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MicroVision, a developer of MEMS-based (micro electro mechanical systems) laser beam sensing technology, says it has received the necessary components and equipment to meet its April target of completing A-samples of its Long Range Lidar Sensor. The company also claims it has started outdoor testing of key performance features on its development platform.

“We expect MicroVision’s Long Range Lidar Sensor (LRL Sensor), which has been in development for over two years, to meet or exceed requirements established by OEMs for autonomous safety and autonomous driving features,” said Sumit Sharma, CEO at MicroVision. The company expects its first generation LRL Sensor to have range of at least 250m and a resolution of 340 vertical lines up to 250m, 568 vertical lines up to 120m and 944 vertical lines up to 60m, equating to 520 points per square degree.

“Our LRL Sensor will also output velocity of moving objects relative to an ego vehicle across our dynamic field of view in real-time 30Hz sensor output. This sensor would accelerate development of Level 3 (L3) autonomous safety and Level 4 (L4) autonomous driving features that are important to potential customers and interested parties. Additionally, our sensor, being designed on scalable silicon wafer and laser diode technologies, will be capable of achieving scale at costs below US$1,000ASP, a key price point expected for commercial success,” concluded Sharma.

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