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PreAct and Espros Photonics working on new lidar solutions

23 Mar 2022

Partners plan to develop “flash lidar” for automotive, trucking, industrial automation and robotics sectors.

PreAct Technologies, an Oregon-based developer of near-field flash lidar technology and Espros Photonics, Sargans, Switzerland, a firm producing time-of flight chips and 3D cameras, have announced a collaboration agreement to develop new flash lidar technologies for specific use cases in automotive, trucking, industrial automation and robotics.

The collaboration combines the dynamic abilities of PreAct’s software-definable flash lidar and the “ultra-ambient-light-robust time-of-flight technology” from Espros with the aim of creating what the partners call “next-generation near-field sensing solutions”.

Paul Drysch, CEO and co-founder of PreAct Technologies, commented, “Our goal is to provide high performance, software-definable sensors to meet the needs of customers across various industries. Looking to the future, vehicles across all industries will be software-defined, and our flash lidar solutions are built to support that infrastructure from the beginning.”

‘Need for high performance sensors is paramount‘

The automotive and trucking industries continue to rapidly integrate ADAS and self-driving capabilities into vehicles, and as the US NHTSA has just announced the requirement for human controls in fully automated vehicles, the need for ultra-precise, high performance sensors is paramount to ensuring safe autonomous driving.

The sensors created by PreAct and Espros are expected to address significant ADAS and self-driving features – such as traffic sign recognition, curb detection, night vision and pedestrian detection – with the highest frame rates and resolution of any sensor on the market, the partners state.

Rise of the robots

In addition to providing solutions for automotive and trucking, the partnership will also address the expanding robotics industry. According to a market report published by Allied Market Research, the global industrial robotics market size is expected to reach $116.8 billion by 2030.

The flash lidar technologies solutions will also enable a wide range of robotics and automation applications including QR code scanning, obstacle avoidance and gesture recognition.

Beat DeCoi, President and CEO of Espros, commented, “We have plans to demonstrate the capabilities of our 3D chipsets with PreAct’s hardware and software. By combining our best in class TOF chips with PreAct’s innovation and drive, we will see great results with clients benefiting from this partnership.”

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