Ouster recently announced an ES2 – the first high-resolution, long-range, solid-state digital LiDAR. It is a compact digital device powered by one chip-scale laser array and one CMOS sensor. This technology has great potential to further advance the consumer ADAS market.
LiDAR acronym stands for Light Detection And Ranging. LiDAR was developed in the 1960s, shortly after the discovery of the laser. LiDAR is essentially a laser-based system, that aimed at measuring the distance to a target by illuminating the target with laser light and measuring the reflected light by a special sensor.
LiDAR systems were very bulky and extremely expensive at the very beginning and now already developed into relatively compact systems with a price range dropped more than 10 times compared to some initial values.
According to Ouster, “The availability of high-performance, reliable, and low-cost LiDAR sensors like the ES2 opens up a huge opportunity for automakers to bring advanced autonomy features into mainstream use in the consumer ADAS market”.
With further cost reduction, efficiency increase and miniaturization, the use cases of these systems will continuously expand.