AEye, Continental jointly develop long-range lidar

February 01, 2021 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
AEye, Continental jointly develop long-range lidar
Together with the Californian startup AEye, Continental plans to develop a software-programmable long-range lidar based on AEye's Micro MEMS technology. To this end, Continental has acquired a minority stake in AEye.

AEye (Dublin, Calif), has developed a long-range lidar technology that combines a 1550-nm laser with adjustable power with a patented, controlled micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) as a scanner. This technology can be configured via software and thus optimised for almost any vehicle model and application. AEye's lidar is said to be ideal for passenger and commercial vehicle applications due to its high dynamic spatial resolution with long range: it will detect vehicles at a distance of over 300 metres as well as pedestrians at a distance of over 200 metres. In addition, small, weakly reflective objects, such as bricks or even overhead wires, are detected with several measuring points even at a distance of 160 metres. For Automated Driving, this capability is considered a core requirement. Continental will industrialise this technology according to the requirements of the automotive industry and bring it to market under the type designation HRL131. The first series production is scheduled for the end of 2024.

The resolution of AEye's lidar technology is high enough to detect even overhead wires.

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