Valeo takes driverless driving to the next level with the new LiDAR optical measurement technology

Valeo, the global leader in driving assistance systems (ADAS), today unveiled the third generation of their LiDAR (light detection and ranging).

The new optical measurement technology will make its market debut in 2024.

Valeo’s third generation LiDAR delivers unmatched performance, resolution and frame rate. It reconstructs a real-time 3D image of the vehicle’s surroundings at a speed of 4.5 million pixels and 25 frames per second. Compared to the previous generation, the resolution has been increased 12 times, the range 3 times and the viewing angle 2.5 times.

Valeo takes driverless driving to the next level with new LiDAR technology

The new measurement technology offers significantly improved performance and makes autonomous mobility a reality, while at the same time lifting road safety to new levels.

– The third generation of LiDAR from Valeo is a major technological advancement for the driverless vehicles of the future. This upgrade strengthens Valeo’s technical and industrial position in the field, a company that is the only supplier on the market that currently mass-produces a LiDAR vehicle scanner. Our main goal with this device remains the same – to save lives on the roads, says Geoffrey Bouquot, Valeo’s Senior Vice President, R&D and Strategy.

Thanks to its unique ability to read its surroundings, this new LiDAR can see things that humans, cameras and radar cannot. This means that driving can be delegated to the vehicle in many situations (automation level 2 and higher), including on the highway at speeds up to 130 kilometers per hour. Even in such situations, a vehicle equipped with third-generation LiDAR can handle emergencies completely autonomously.

Valeo’s LiDAR detects, recognizes and classifies all objects around the car. If the objects move, it measures their speed and direction. The LiDAR scan can be adapted to all lighting conditions, whether it is dazzling light or carbon black. It even measures the density of raindrops to calculate the correct braking distance. It tracks nearby vehicles even when they are no longer in the driver’s field of vision, and uses algorithms to predict their lanes and trigger necessary safety maneuvers.

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