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LiDAR Maker Cepton Technologies Inks Deal With Major Automotive Lighting Supplier

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【Summary】Cepton Technologies, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based provider of 3D LIDAR solutions for automotive and mapping applications, today announced it will provide Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd. a global tier-one supplier of exterior automotive lighting, with its miniaturized LIDAR solution for autonomous driving.

Eric Walz    Jul 27, 2018 5:29 PM PT
LiDAR Maker Cepton Technologies Inks Deal With Major Automotive Lighting Supplier
author: Eric Walz   

Cepton Technologies, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based provider of 3D LIDAR solutions for automotive and mapping applications, today announced it will provide Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd. a global tier-one supplier of exterior automotive lighting, with its miniaturized LIDAR solution for autonomous driving.

Cepton, founded in 2016, manufactures small, solid-state LIDAR sensors that can be embedded inside automotive lighting assemblies, allowing automakers a solution for maintaining vehicle aesthetics, as the sensors can be concealed inside a vehicle's light assemblies, such as headlight assemblies or brake light housings. Just four of these sensors mounted on a vehicle can provide 360 degrees of coverage for advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) or autonomous driving systems.

Koito is an established brand. The company makes lighting products for major automakers, including BMW, Mercedes Benz, Ford, Volkswagen, and Chinese brands SIAC, FAW and others.

LIDAR, short for ‘light detection and ranging', uses laser, or pulses of light, which are bounced off objects to render a 3D representation of the world. LIDAR is an important technology to help a self-driving car to ‘see' its surroundings.

San Jose-based Cepton is among a group of LIDAR manufacturers based in the Silicon Valley region. Others include Velodyne, Luminar, and Quanergy. The demand for cutting-edge LIDAR is increasing, with automakers and tech companies working to develop LIDAR solutions that are inexpensive and scalable for mass-market autonomous vehicles. Velodyne was an early supplier of LIDAR for Google's first self-driving car project.

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The compact design of Cepton's high performance LIDAR sensors enables direct integration into a vehicle's lighting system to take advantage of the latest autonomous driving technology without impacting vehicle design. Cepton's LIDAR sensors enable vehicles to recognize and track objects from all four corners for a true 3D image of its surrounding environment.

Cepton's LIDAR sensors feature advanced solid-state technology, meaning there are no movable parts to wear out. The LIDAR produces high-resolution imaging of a vehicle's surroundings to detect objects at a distance of up to 300 meters away. Cepton is continuing to innovate and evolve its low-power and high-resolution LIDAR technology for integration into OEM automotive lighting systems.

As a leading tier-1 lighting provider for the automotive industry, Koito is looking for a variety of sensors to meet the growing demand for autonomous vehicles. The company is interested in the potential of the miniaturized LIDAR solutions developed by Cepton.

"We are excited to bring advanced LIDAR technology to vehicles to improve safety and reliability," said Jun Pei, CEO and co-founder of Cepton. "With the verification of our LIDAR technology, we hope to advance the goals of Koito, a global leader within the automotive lighting industry producing over 20 percent of headlights globally and 60 percent of Japanese OEM vehicles."

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