Livox of DJI to showcase better automotive lidar solutions at CES 2020

Livox, a subsidiary of DJI, demonstrated a better automotive lidar LIDAR solution at CES 2020. Typically, lidar scans horizontal lines. In fact, its resolution is measured by the density of a linear scan. The problem is that low-resolution lidar can have a clear gap between these lines, creating blind spots. However, Livox scans a spiral pattern of flowers. Over time, the coverage of the helix increases, and in a short period of time it can effectively scan the entire area. The only moving part is a prism that directs a first-stage laser into the interior.

The company has previously announced both Horizon and Tele-15 products, and at CES 2020, it is ready to reveal all its details and prices. Both are designed with applications such as self-driving and semi-autonomous cars, robotics, 3D mapping and smart cities. Horizon has a detection range of up to 260 meters (853 feet) and a horizontal field of view of 81.7 degrees. In the case of self-driving cars, this means covering four lanes at a distance of 33 feet. Its FOV coverage is comparable to conventional 64-line mechanical lidar in a 0.1-second integration time. At the same time, the Tele-15 has expanded its range: it can see distances of up to 500 meters (1,640 feet). It has a circular field of view of 15 degrees and can scan 99.8% of the area in 0.1 seconds. Livox claims that this is not just a 128-litre mechanical lidar. Livox has found an automatic way to calibrate sensors and use photoelectric designs instead of using more expensive laser transmitters and MEMS scanners. The result is a more cost-effective production line: five Livox Horizon devices, for example, can perform 360-degree scanning of self-driving cars at a cost of only 5% of the cost of the liDAR of a conventional machine. They can also operate over a wide temperature range and do not require high-altitude installation on the vehicle. Livox has already started production of both sensors and announced partnerships with Repre AI and AutoX at CES 2020. Horizon costs $999 and Tele-15 is $1,499. The former will go on sale on January 7 and the latter in the second quarter of 2020.

Livox to showcase better automotive lidar solutions at CES 2020

Livox to showcase better automotive lidar solutions at CES 2020

Livox to showcase better automotive lidar solutions at CES 2020

Livox to showcase better automotive lidar solutions at CES 2020

Livox to showcase better automotive lidar solutions at CES 2020

Livox to showcase better automotive lidar solutions at CES 2020

Livox to showcase better automotive lidar solutions at CES 2020