MEMS and Sensors

Quanergy extends range of solid-state lidar to 130 meters

14 October 2021

Quanergy Systems Inc. has extended the range of its solid-state lidar sensor to 130 meters with its latest series of devices.

Based on its optical phased array (OPA) technology and a scalable CMOS silicon manufacturing process, the S3 Series was tested with four scanning beams. The test included the tracking and identification of several hard to detect objects.

These objects were initially located at 100 meters from the testing platform and then were tracked by sensor as Quanergy moved them to 130 meters. The test took place not just in full daylight with a 10% reflectivity target, but it was extended to real world objects such as pedestrians and black vehicles, which are harder to identify.

The S3 Series lidar sensor is designed for automotive uses such as object detection and collision avoidance. The sensor’s electronic beam steering comes without any moving parts and offers immunity to shock and vibration.

While automotive will be the key area for the lidar, Quanergy said it could also be used for outdoor mobility applications such as robotics, agriculture, construction, unmanned guided vehicles and more.

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