Lumotive introduced a disruptive beam-steering technology which will significantly
improve the performance, reliability and cost of LiDAR systems for the emerging self-driving car industry.
Initially targeting the robo-taxi market, Lumotive’s patented system uses Liquid Crystal
Metasurfaces (LCM) and silicon fabrication to achieve unmatched levels of manufacturing efficiency while simultaneously delivering unprecedented range, resolution and frame rate.
Beam steering is the missing link required for high performance and commercially viable LiDAR systems. Traditionally, LiDAR relied upon unreliable and bulky spinning assemblies, while newer breeds of LiDAR sensors utilize MEMS mirrors or optical phased arrays. However, both of these recent approaches lack performance due to the small optical aperture of MEMS mirrors and the low efficiency of phased arrays.
Lumotive’s system offers distinct performance advantages, including an unprecedented combination of:
● Large optical aperture (25 x 25 mm) which delivers long range
● 120-degree field-of-view with high angular resolution
● Fast random-access beam steering