Cheetah Lidar System for Autonomous vehicle safety

Innovusion has just announced the release of "Cheetah". It is a new image-grade high-resolution LiDAR sensor which is expected to provide the safest performance in autonomous vehicle mobility. 

Cheetah Lidar System for Autonomous vehicle safety
Cheetah Lidar System

Cheetah Lidar System for Autonomous vehicle safety

Autonomous vehicles  that can guide themselves without human interference are paving the way for the future, where the art of driving is going to be digital. They can drive themselves from a source to destination using various in-vehicle technologies and sensors, i.e. adaptive cruise control, active steering, anti-lock braking systems, GPS technology and radar.  

Some are still arguing that the safety record for self-driving cars is not yet proven. Technology is developing at a fast speed with no proper time given for testing every feature added to it. A woman was hit and killed in 2018 by an Uber testing vehicle, which was autonomous.

Safety of Autonomous Vehicles

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has defined five classification levels for autonomous vehicles and automated driving. After level three, driver involvement becomes minimal, and safety is paramount. The adoption of Innovusion's high definition LiDAR will help achieve level 3 and 4 soon.

Role of LiDAR

LiDAR is a crucial part of Autonomous vehicles. LIDAR sensor uses millions of lasers and draws a real-time, 3-D image of the surroundings of the vehicle. They can even measure the size and speed of moving objects.

Innovusion has just announced the release of "Cheetah". It is a new image-grade high-resolution LiDAR sensor which is expected to provide the safest performance in autonomous vehicle mobility.

More about Cheetah LiDAR system

Cheetah LiDAR  system is based on a rotating polygon optical architecture. It is a combination of proprietary detector electronics, advanced optics and sophisticated software algorithms. Due to its smart architecture, streamlined optics design and integrated optical paths, it has achieved rapid manufacturing and stability into vehicle production.

For an object with 10% reflectivity, it could provide detection range of 200 m, i.e. 656.2 ft. It can detect objects out to 280 m (918.6 ft.). This provides a more reaction time for a vehicle to determine the best course of action, therefore a better safety.

The Cheetah LiDAR platform is miniature having sensor head dimensions of 112mm (h) X 145mm (w)X 105mm (d) and a roadmap to reduce the future footprint and form factor substantially.

This innovative LiDAR system has a high number of vertical and horizontal scanning lines that cover the entire field of view. It helps in creating a picture like imaging, and the dense point cloud represents each object.

Cheetah is going to reduce the need for multiple LiDAR systems. Its applications include vehicle safety systems, autonomous vehicle systems and V2X ( vehicle to everything) for automobiles, trucks, buses, trains and off-road vehicles.

"By demonstrating our progress and capability, the adoption of Innovusion's high definition LiDAR by more industry leaders will build up confidence that level 3 and 4 is achievable in the near future", said Steve Ehrsam, Innovusion's Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

They researched on technologies like MEMS, Galvo, dual-Galvo, and Solid-State, and the result is the unique architecture of the Cheetah system. It covers their definition of safety, which has three components- accuracy, reaction time and reliability.

"Due to our elegant and robust design utilising mature technology, our system is very reliable and simple to build. Reliability is a critical component to the safety of autonomous mobility systems." Said Ehrsam.

Let's hope this new technology succeeds and adds an advantage to the autonomous vehicle industry.