Hamburg-based Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH has commissioned ZF Friedrichshafen AG to produce its “ibeoNEXT” LiDAR system, including the systems electronic control unit. The first systems will be delivered to partners and customers worldwide from October 2020, including the Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motor. ibeoNEXT will feature in Great Wall’s premium SUV model “Wey” which moves to series production from 2022. ZF holds a 40 percent stake in Ibeo.

The ibeoNEXT LiDAR sensor is based on a new type of solid state, photon laser measurement technology. Without moving parts the sensor is more robust and thus less affected by environmental influences and vibrations. By processing many laser pulses in parallel, the sensor can generate a high-resolution 3D model of its environment in real time, with the capability to recognize crash barriers and road markings as well as vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians along with their position and movement.

The compact, solid-state sensor design of the ibeoNEXT and its control unit were developed by Ibeo in accordance with automotive grade standards. Ibeo has commissioned ZF Friedrichshafen AG to produce both components. The first systems are now being produced in Plouzané near Brest (France) and will be delivered to customers and partners worldwide from October 2020.