Sense Photonics Introduces Osprey, First Modular FLASH LiDAR for Autonomous Vehicles
LiDAR technology is beginning to steal headlines, the latest one coming from Sense Photonics, a LiDAR tech company known for its solid-state FLASH architecture. The company has officially entered the automotive market with the introduction of Osprey, the first modular FLASH LiDAR for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving.
Sense Photonics claims Osprey’s arrival marks a major automotive milestone, ushering in a new era of fully solid-state depth sensing. Osprey features a 75-degree vertical field of view that is also ultra-wide and dense, enabling high-resolution object detection from the street curb to the horizon. It is designed as an easily-integrated modular package, combining an automotive-qualified near-field sensor with Sense Illuminator – a proprietary distributed VCSEL laser array comprised of thousands of individual laser elements. Osprey will be used by Sense Photonics’ automotive partners to test and develop the next generation of autonomous platforms with unprecedented performance and cost.
“Near-field sensing has been a major challenge for the automotive industry, especially in the development of autonomous driving,” said Sense Photonics CEO Scott Burroughs. “We designed Osprey to address key customer concerns, including affordability, reliability, and performance. Customers have been especially excited about our ability to eliminate all of the blind spots around the self-driving vehicle all the way down to the curb with unprecedented resolution.”
Sense Photonics worked with a major global manufacturing services provider on design-for-manufacturability to ensure that manufacturing processes for the Osprey would meet both the quality and scalability expectations of the automotive industry.
“Our simple, camera-like architecture is a significant benefit to customers looking for a scalable LiDAR product,” said Burroughs. “By eliminating mechanical-scanning mechanisms, we’ve made Osprey much more manufacturable than other approaches. We believe this is critical to bringing the vision of autonomous driving to life.”
Sense Photonics is actively working with a number of automotive partners, including an unannounced Tier 1 automotive supplier, multiple automotive OEMs and major self-driving programs, and German semiconductor manufacturer Infineon.
“Infineon is very excited to be working closely with Sense Photonics as it continues to push the limits in terms of near-field LiDAR solutions based on our automotive qualified REAL3™ Time-of-Flight imager,” said Christian Herzum, Head of 3D-Sensing product line at Infineon.
Osprey is the second LiDAR announcement from Sense Photonics over the last several months. In October, the company announced the availability of an industrial-focused solid-state FLASH LiDAR system that raised performance standards across the industry for high-resolution data output.