Cepton Announces Next-Generation LiDAR Solution
Small LiDAR Unit for Vehicles and Mapping
Cepton Technologies unveiled its Vista LiDAR product at the annual NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference. The 120-line scanner delivers 200-meters of range and 0.2 degrees of spatial resolution, and is available immediately for the autonomous vehicle market.
The Vista LiDAR is significantly smaller than most solutions on the market and uses less than 10 watts of power. The sensor is the fourth LiDAR product developed by Cepton over its first 20 months in operation.
Built on Cepton’s patented micro-motion technology (MMT) platform, Vista has no rotational or frictional parts, consisting only of high maturity automotive components for expedited automotive grade certification. The Vista LiDAR samples are available immediately for evaluation and automated volume production will start in Q2 of 2018.
According to the company, “Cepton is pushing the limits of LiDAR technology because of its ability to offer customers an immediate and practical means to enable perception in smart machines at scale. LiDAR is well-known for its automotive applications, but Cepton’s customers are also using the LiDAR technology for its wide range of uses including ground robots and unmanned autonomous aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. Vista marries the virtues of long range, high-resolution and lighter-weight materials in one scanner. This is the sensor that brings perception capability to all smart machines — automotive, industrial and airborne."
“Performance is very important for our automotive customers, but when it comes to scale deployment, everything matters. Vista provides an unmatched combination of small size, low power, long range and high resolution,” said Dr. Mark McCord, co-founder and VP of engineering at Cepton. “For those who pursue all levels of autonomous driving, active safety or mapping applications, Vista is the most cost-effective solution for deployment at scale.”