Electronics and Semiconductors

CES 2020: Embedding lidar into automotive headlamps for self-driving cars

09 December 2019
The LiDAR integrated automotive headlamps that will be demonstrated at CES. Source: Varroc

SiLC Technologies Inc. and Varroc Lighting Systems will demonstrate a new lighting and electronics system that will integrate lidar into automotive headlamps.

The demonstration will take place at the upcoming CES 2020 in Las Vegas.

Varroc’s light emitting diode (LED) headlamp will be integrated with four silicon photonics frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) vision chips that will provide a 20° x 80° field of view per headlamp.

The lidar chip architecture can be embedded anywhere on a vehicle allowing large cameras to be placed on vehicles inconspicuously, which will be handy when commercial vehicles are released and consumers won’t want cameras attached to the roof and other areas.

The SiLC vision sensor integrates optical signal processing and a coherent light source to detect height, width, distance, reflectivity, velocity and light polarization of objects. The chip can detect low reflectance objects beyond 200 meters surrounding a vehicle, providing time for a vehicle to avoid an obstacle at highway speed, the company said.

The demonstration at CES will include a 200+ meter lidar scan with an integrated automotive headlamp.

CES 2020 takes place in Las Vegas on Jan. 7-10.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com

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