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Automotive LIDAR sensors are increasing in popularity as many car manufacturers are developing autonomous driving systems. In fact, the automotive LIDAR sensor market is projected to grow with a compound annual growth rate of 35.3% between 2017 and 2023.

LIDAR — or light detection and ranging — is a remote sensing method that is used to examine the surface of the earth via light in the form of a pulsed laser. In combination with other data collected, these light pulses generate precise three-dimensional information about the shape of the Earth and its surface characteristics.

A LIDAR instrument consists of four main components: a laser, a scanner, a photodetector, and a specialized GPS receiver. The LIDAR sensor records the time it takes lasers to return from hitting a target and produces a digital map of the surveyed area. LIDAR technology is applied in various fields. The military uses it to create high-resolution maps.

Innoviz Technology recently announced the release of InnovizPro — a micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) – based scanning LIDAR solution that will enable their LIDAR sensors to yield a performance more accurate and reliable than any other on the market today. However, the InnovizPro was designed as an automotive LIDAR sensor and is said to offer unprecedented accuracy in the automotive industry.

The MEMS-based scanning automotive LIDAR sensor is forging a path for the industry to better test and develop the next generation of autonomous driving programs, according to thebossmagazine.com.

The sensor comes at a significantly lower cost and smaller size than those already in existence. In addition, it’s the only automotive LIDAR sensor available that meets all automotive industry’s needs in terms of performance, reliability, cost, compact size, and product maturity.

The automotive LIDAR sensor specs include; a long detection of up to 150 meters that allow precise clarity at distance; a dense 3D point cloud with high accuracy; and superior accuracy even in the darkest nights, cases of bright sunlight, fast-changing weather, or at high-speed travel.