New LiDAR Solution Developed for Autonomous Driving

Published: 24 May 2017

Innoviz Technologies InnovizOne LiDARInnoviz Technologies, a developer of LiDAR intelligent sensing solutions for autonomous vehicles, has announced the development of InnovizPro, an after-market LiDAR solution designed for testing and R&D of autonomous driving technology. The company has entered into an agreement with Jabil, an electronics design and production firm, to mass produce the product.

InnovizPro will deliver a high-definition, solid-state LiDAR device that uses Innoviz’s patent-pending sensor technologies and proprietary architecture to deliver enhanced object detection and accuracy. The product will enable auto manufacturers, shared mobility companies, autonomous driving technology companies and Tier 1 suppliers to conduct effective development and testing of autonomous driving technology.

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Innoviz has previously unveiled InnovizOne, its flagship automotive grade LiDAR device offering high-definition 3D scanning in a compact solid-state design. Innoviz is currently engaging with leading stakeholders on the integration of InnovizOne into driving systems and is continuing development, targeting automotive grade quality for levels 3-5 autonomous driving.

Both InnovizOne and InnovizPro offer high-definition intelligent 3D sensing to provide an accurate and reliable scan of a vehicle’s surroundings. The devices will leverage Innoviz’s proprietary System, MEMS and Detector design to deliver reliable performance even in challenging environments such as night-time, bright sunlight and varying weather conditions. In addition, the company’s proprietary solid-state design introduces a device without mechanical moving parts compared to traditional LiDAR, enabling Innoviz to offer a smaller product footprint.

“Our mission is to enable the autonomous vehicle revolution by providing the highest performance, lowest cost and most compact LiDAR solutions on the market,” said Omer Keilaf, CEO & Co-Founder of Innoviz. “Companies are currently spending tens of thousands of dollars on under-performing LiDAR solutions in order to test their autonomous vehicles. We’ve decided to release our current design and make it available for field production purposes now, because it is already so much more advanced and less expensive than what’s currently available on the market. Meanwhile, we’ll continue development on InnovizOne to get it to automotive grade standards by 2019.”

Keilaf went on to say, “We teamed up with Jabil because of their recent investments in technology that enable autonomous driving for all types of vehicles. We are leveraging the engineering excellence of their Optics team, together with their automotive expertise, to support our new product introduction efforts at their newest facility in Haifa, Israel.”

“Our Optics experts are excited to collaborate with Innoviz to develop and deploy their 3D scanning and sensing solution,” said Irvin Stein, Vice President of Jabil Optics. “Combining the strengths of our engineering teams with the ingenuity of Innoviz is exactly the disruptive edge required to execute on key technologies for autonomous driving.”

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