Pioneer and Canon announced that the two companies have agreed to co-develop a 3D LiDAR sensor with the goal of mass production by Pioneer in 2020.
3D-LiDAR sensors use laser light to accurately measure the distance of objects as well as ascertain three-dimensional information relating to distance and the surrounding environment in real time, and are regarded as an indispensable key device for the realization of level-three and above autonomous vehicles. Pioneer has been working on the development of low cost Micro Electric Memory Systems (MEMS) as well as object recognition and vehicle ego-localization algorithms. The company has also set up a new structure focusing on autonomous vehicles which integrates related technology and business development. Meanwhile, Canon is expanding its optical expertise into the autonomous industry.
The cooperation of the two will combine know-hows of Pioneer in miniaturization technology and digital signal processing technology as well as Canon’s optical technologies and experience to facilitate the early realization of compact, high-performance 3D-LiDAR sensors for sophisticated autonomous driving.
MooVita is a startup company which promotes developments of autonomous driving technologies and has developed its autonomous driving business in Malaysia, India and Singapore. Moovita and Pioneer have leveraged their expertise to implement the technologies of 3D-LiDAR sensing and algorithm in self-driving car.
Pioneer has launched trials of in-car LiDAR for self-driving car in 2015 and the current development of its LiDAR technology goes in line with its schedule. Since late September 2018, Pioneer has started shipping its 3D-LiDAR sensors with a different measurement distance and field of view to domestic and international clients. These LiDAR products delivered also serve as data collectors that help Pioneer to develop “Object Detection algorithm” and “Localization algorithm” for further accuracy.
Currently, Pioneer is developing a high-performance, downsized and lower price 3D-LiDAR sensor using a MEMS mirror, aiming for mass production in the 2020s.