Autonomous driving, this is what the new “eyes” of cars will look like

The autonomous driving is the next big goal of the car manufacturers. In an ever closer future, the streets will be full of models capable of driving alone thanks to the use of a very sophisticated “brain” and “eyes”. The secret of autonomous driving, in fact, is in technology LiDAR which uses laser beams to reconstruct and analyze the environment near the car.

Valeo, one of the leading companies in this sector, has unveiled the third generation of scanning LiDAR which will debut on the market in 2024.

An “eye” that is never distracted

Like radar, LiDAR is also based on the principle ofeco. In practice, the device emits a laser light to “illuminate” the surrounding objects. The car’s ECU does the rest of the magic by analyzing the three-dimensional information about the environment and making “decisions” in real time.

According to Valeo, the new generation of LiDAR reconstructs the 3D image of the vehicle’s surroundings at a speed of 4.5 million pixels e 25 frames per second. To get a better idea, the resolution has increased by 12 times, the range by 3 and the viewing angle by 2.5.

Valeo's third generation LiDARs

This means that the car is able to “see” better and faster, thus making it safer. Valeo points out that even at motorway speeds of up to 130 km / h, the LiDAR can independently manage many emergency situations by keeping track of nearby vehicles even when they are not in the driver’s field of vision.

Constantly growing market and applications

The LiDAR can also “communicate” with other compatible vehicles. Through the Cloud, in fact, this technology can warn other cars about road hazards.

Valeo's third generation LiDARs

Valeo estimates that 30% of premium models will reach level 3 of autonomous driving by 2030 and will therefore be equipped with LiDAR. And we are not just talking about private vehicles, but also autonomous shuttles, robotaxis, autonomous trucks and vehicles used in industries and agriculture. Without forgetting the possible applications on eVTOLs, the vertical take-off electric aircraft that are ready to invade big cities in the next decades.

Overall, the autonomous driving race will grow the LiDAR market to $ 50 billion by 2030.

Source: Italia – News by

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