Opsys to supply innovative lidar for production vehicles

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Israel-headquartered Opsys Tech, a developer of pure solid-state scanning microflash lidar, is to supply its systems to South Korea-based auto parts supplier SL Corp. The units will be incorporated in production vehicles as early as 2024 or 2025.

“This agreement with world-leading auto parts supplier SL Corp. enables Opsys to enter the integrated lidar lighting systems market segment. It represents a strong and growing recognition that Opsys Tech Scanning Microflash lidar technology is superior to that of competitive systems and can increase the safety of vehicles on the road while enabling the evolution of autonomous functionality at all levels, up to fully autonomous L5 driving,” said Opsys tech chairman Eitan Gertel.

Opsys says it has created an entirely new category of lidar. Its Scanning Microflash technology is stated to combine the best of existing methods without trade-offs, while delivering high reliability and performance. This is achieved by combining the advantages of flash lidar (low-cost, robust, solid-state) with the better range and resolution of mechanical-sweep or oscillating mirrors (MEMS and Galvanometer systems). The result, Opsys says, achieves four times the range of flash lidar but with greater resolution and scanning rate.

“Opsys Tech lidar enables SL to launch its newest product line, which includes the lidar inside the lighting module itself. That integration will enable SL to bring to market an automotive integrated lighting system with best-in-class lidar functionality. SL is excited to partner with Opsys Tech and is looking forward to introducing this product line during CY 2022,” added senior R&D researcher at SL Wanseok Kim.

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Lawrence has been covering engineering subjects – with a focus on motorsport technology – since 2007 and has edited and contributed to a variety of international titles. Currently, he oversees Automotive Powertrain Technology and Professional Motorsport World magazines as editor.

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