Quanergy announces solid-state LiDAR for self-driving cars

Quanergy’s LiDAR sensor contains an integrated circuit that has no moving parts, but is capable of scanning in every direction (360 degrees) on both a macro and micro scale(Credit: Quanergy)

Quanergy Systems is set to introduce its first solid-state light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensor for advanced driver assistance systems and self-driving cars. The system will cost less than US$1,000 per car and was previewed at the Los Angeles Auto Show's Connected Car Expo.

The LiDAR sensor contains an integrated circuit that has no moving parts, but is capable of scanning in every direction (360 degrees) on both a macro and micro scale. This live 3-dimensional view around a car can detect, classify, and track objects in real time.

These sensors, Quanergy says, were designed from the ground up as 3D time-of-flight LiDAR to meet mass commercial deployment and manufacturing requirements. They are suited for a variety of markets throughout the transportation sector, though Quanergy's current focus is automotive. It's believed that solid-state sensors would be more reliable and cost-effective than similar, mechanical options.

Quanergy has partnerships with Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai-Kia, Renault-Nissan, and others in the automotive industry. The LiDAR system in its entirety will be on display at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2016.

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