Autonomous vehicles are one of the most promising market segments of the future. In this context, sensor systems are indispensable for detecting obstacles, such as other vehicles or pedestrians, in the vehicle's environment. Such systems must be safe, robust, compact and cost-effective in order to cover the entire market segment if possible. Current environmental sensors are mostly based on traditional electronic components.
This webinar will highlight the potential of microsystems for innovation in autonomous vehicles. One application area is LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging), the future technology for measuring the distance to an object by illuminating that object with laser light, which is used to precisely digitize the environment and safely navigate vehicles in that environment. Currently deployed LiDAR systems are based on mechanical macroscopic mirror systems and are extremely large and expensive. Solid-state LiDAR (SSL) systems are expected to lead to significant cost reductions; based on microsystems, they are smaller, less expensive and more robust than purely mechanical LiDARs.