Cepton Technologies launched its HR80T long-range and HR80W wide-angle LiDAR products at the annual NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (GTC). Cepton’s HR series drive automation forward by bringing perception and 3D mapping to smart machines with higher resolution and longer range imaging at dramatically lower costs.
Companies currently in the automotive and industrial sectors are struggling to bring 3D perception to smart machines due to the lack of currently available high-resolution, high-performance and low-cost LiDAR solutions. As a result, machines currently live in the dark, with limited view of the world around them. Cepton is thus pushing the limits of LiDAR technology. The new products will provide customers with an immediate and practical means to enable perception in smart machines and are currently the most viable solution for mass deployment on autonomous vehicles.
Cepton's patented technology features a unique micro-motion technique that eliminates the need for large spinning parts. The Cepton lidar is not flash lidar and has a laser scanning array with frictionless micro motion and does not use MEMS mirrors or any non-standard, exotic components. Equivalent to an 80 line scanner, Cepton's design uses a smaller number of laser diodes and detectors allowing for significantly smaller devices to be produced with high reliability. The HR80T long-range device has a detection range of beyond 200 m and better than 0.2 degree angular resolution in both horizontal and vertical directions.
Production of the Cepton LiDAR units can be automated (as opposed to handmade) for rapid scaling of manufacturing and distribution.