January 6, 2022

LumotiveZKW lidar400x275At this week’s CES 2022 event in Las Vegas, Lumotive and ZKW Group unveiled a functional demonstration of Lumotive’s lidar technology integrated with a ZKW vehicle headlight. The demonstration coupled Lumotive’s Meta-Lidar Platform with ZKW’s advanced vehicle lighting technology to produce a headline with superior road illumination capabilities while also providing 3D sensing for advanced safety and autonomy features.

Compared with previous generation lidar systems that use mechanical spinning assemblies and are known for being bulky and expensive, the solid-state solution offered by Lumotive is tiny and scalable for seamless integration into mobility products such as vehicle lighting, the company said. The ZKW integration features a prototype of the Lumotive M30 module, which uses pulsed laser beams to measure distances between objects and the sensors around the vehicle. The Meta-Lidar platform can then generate accurate spatial data that can be used by a driver to avoid collisions or to further automate driving scenarios.

“Integrating lidar technology with vehicle lighting systems is the ideal application for Lumotive’s tiny form-factor lidar module, and this collaboration between Lumotive and ZKW enables a new and exciting era in lidar use cases,” said Alexis Debray, senior technology and market analyst, emerging technologies, at Yole Developpement. “The market for automotive lidar is expected to reach $2.3 billion in 2026 and then $6.2 billion in 2032, including lidar integrated in next-generation lighting systems that incorporate 3D sensing capabilities.”

Scalability is enabled through Lumotive’s Light Control Metasurface solid-state beam steering chips, which reduce the complexity, cost and size of lidar systems, while improving performance and operating in the challenging headlamp environment, the company said. They are manufactured in CMOS semiconductor processes, which eliminate the need for bulky mechanical moving parts, while delivering new levels of perception, detection and navigation for autonomous systems. 

Lumotive said the M30 lidar boasts a range of up to 20 meters, high resolution and a wide field of view – all in a form factor the size of a golf ball. The M30 is the first in a series of Lumotive products based on the Meta-Lidar Platform, enabling applications that require sensing ranges up to 200 meters, such as autonomous driving, or form factors less than 1 cubic cm for integration into smartphones, augmented reality devices, and wearables, the company said.

“As one of the leading strategic partners to the automotive industry, it is of vital importance that we choose the best-in-class third-party technologies to integrate with our innovative lighting systems,” said Thomas Reiter, group senior manager at ZKW. “We’ve been looking for some time for the right advanced 3D sensing technology to enable many vehicle headlight safety and autonomy features, and the Lumotive Meta-Lidar Platform approach is well-suited for our needs.”

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