Ouster, a provider of high-resolution lidar sensors for AVs, robotics and mapping, is working with NVIDIA to provide lidar sensors for use in Level 3 to Level 5 autonomous driving systems being developed by major global OEMs targeting production in 2022.
The lidar perception system, based on the high-resolution Ouster OS2 lidar, runs on the NVIDIA DRIVE AGX platform. NVIDIA’s full-stack software delivers 360° sensor processing, mapping and path planning.
“Commercial AVs have to withstand some of the world’s most demanding environments,” said Ouster CEO Angus Pacala. “The OS2’s reliability and resolution make it the clear choice for NVIDIA’s OEM partners that require the highest level of dependability.”
For autonomous driving systems, Ouster’s structured lidar data can increase input processing speeds by up to 100-times over traditional unstructured lidar data when using vector processors like NVIDIA GPUs. This enables faster object recognition and lower power requirements for the autonomous driving system.
“Ouster sensors are an excellent solution for lidar perception due to their resolution, price and reliability,” said Gary Hicok, senior vice president of Automotive Hardware and Systems at NVIDIA. “Integrating dependable, 360° sensors into NVIDIA’s full software stack is a crucial step in commercializing self-driving technology.”
To learn more about lidar and other sensor technologies for AVs, catch the “Vision – Sensors and Lidar Test and Development” session at the Autonomous Vehicle Test & Development Symposium in Novi, MI in October. For more information, up-to-date programs and rates, click here. The symposium is hosted at Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo.