Breaking Free of the LiDAR Straitjacket
3D sensing technologies have made great technical strides over the past two decades, powered by the evolution of LiDAR and a corresponding ability to interrogate at faster speeds, to farther distances, with improved resolution. Yet the brave new world of autonomous systems imposes a new and uncompromising set of performance demands upon existing 3D sensor suites. In addition to aggressive new standards in range, resolution and update rate, these systems require real-time productization, low bandwidth consumption, environmental robustness, and a compact form factor.
These new standards can be achieved by smartly administering a strict LiDAR photon budget, in a manner that emphasizes the collection of information rather than data. In this presentation, AEye will explain how it implements these techniques through “iDAR”, or Intelligent Detection and Ranging: A solid-state, fused-sensor system architecture that leverages random-access scan capability, edge processing, and embedded perception to enable order-of-magnitude performance improvements over traditional LiDAR.