LeddarTech and automotive lighting supplier Osram have entered into a long-term agreement to expand the use of automotive-grade advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and self-driving systems using lidar.
Under the deal, LeddarTech’s lidar hardware and software will be integrated into Osram’s Percept lidar platform. This platform is a flexible solid-state lidar focused on industrialization and automotive qualification to sell to automotive OEMs, Tier 1 developers and system integrators to adapt the platform to specific needs.
The Percept lidar will integrate LeddarTech’s LeddarEngine, which is comprised of a family of system-on-chips and related lidar measurement software that are ISO 26262 qualified. Combined with Osram’s laser products and optical modules, the platform is available at a cost that can enable volume deployment of ADASs using lidar, the company said.
The companies will also collaborate to develop perception software for enhancing 3D environmental models using the Percept platform. The solutions will be based on LeddarTech’s perception technology including raw data sensor fusion. The goal is to create technology to enhance and reduce the cost of ADASs through the fusion of lidar, cameras and radar.
“Early in 2017, Osram recognized LeddarTech’s promising technological lidar approach based on unique software and hardware components and therefore invested $70 million to become a major shareholder,” said Dr. Olaf Berlien, CEO of Osram Licht AG. “Since then, we have committed over $70 million more on developing lidar products, which has allowed Osram to offer lidar solutions to Tier 1s and OEMs that meet their cost and performance requirements for mass deployment.”