Canada: Solid-state LiDAR technology provider, LeddarTech, has introduced a new platform for its next generation Leddar detection and ranging modules, LeddarVu. Presented during the InterDrone Conference and Exposition (Sept. 7-9, 2016), the LeddarVu platform combines the benefits of a very compact, modular architecture with superior performance, robustness and cost efficiency towards high-resolution LiDAR applications, such as autonomous driving.
As previously announced with the company’s development roadmap, upcoming iterations of LeddarCore ICs are expected to deliver ranges reaching 250 m, fields of view up to 140°, and up to 480,000 points per second (with a resolution down to 0.25° both horizontal and vertical), enabling the design of affordable LiDARs for all levels of autonomous driving, including the capability of mapping the environment over 360° around the vehicle.
LeddarVu also adds the capacity to interchange various types of optical components from different suppliers to ensure the rapid development and integration of new module configurations that are optimized for specific applications or requirements.
“With better range, smaller form factor and the added value of modularity, our clients will benefit from a wider choice of configurations than ever before, along with increased ease of integration into their applications,” explained Michael Poulin, LeddarTech’s Director of product management. “LeddarVu represents a powerful base for a whole new generation of compact Leddar sensors delivering unbeatable performance for the price,” he added.
The Vu8 sensor is particularly suited for navigation and collision avoidance applications in driver-assisted, semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles, such as drones, trucks, heavy equipment for construction and mining, shuttles, buses and other public transportation vehicles. Applications such as Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) requiring longer ranges as well as wide fields of view will also benefit greatly from the new Vu8 sensor offering. The Vu8 modules are available today in various field of view options at a list price starting at $475, with discount quantities available.