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Cepton Launches Vista-X120 Plus Slim Lidar

Cepton Vista-X120 Plus slim automotive lidar

Cepton, which develops high-performance lidar solutions, has announced its new lidar, the Vista-X120 Plus. The slim, software definable top-end automotive lidar aims to provide real-time adaptive 3D perception. Cepton said it will showcase the technology this week at CES 2023 in Las Vegas.

Expanding on Cepton’s commercially scalable Vista-X90 lidar, the X120 Plus version offers higher performance and embeddability – a 500% increase in data rate, a 30-degree wider field of view, and more than 20% reduction in size and 50% reduction in height, the company said.

Featuring a software definable region of interest (ROI), the Vista-X120 PLus enables higher dynamic perception capabilities, the company added. A tunable central field of view with increased angular resolution enables higher accuracy in the detection and classification of key objects in a given driving scenario. This ROI is configurable in real time in both horizontal and vertical directions, which the company said unlocks a higher level of intelligence and efficiency, while making the lidar sensor more versatile and adaptive to various use cases.

“The Vista-X120 Plus’ upgraded scanning mechanism enables extremely dense point clouds, while simplifying software algorithms for efficient sensor calibration and dynamic perception,” said Mark McCord, CTO and co-founder of Cepton. “Our proprietary ASIC chip enables optimal signal processing to further maximize lidar efficiency and performance. The tunable ROI helps the vehicle perception better focus on potential hazards across different driving scenarios. In spite of its significantly elevated performance and flexibility, the Vista-X120 Plus consumers less than 18 W of power, which is exceptional for long-range lidars and will be important for integration into electric vehicles.”

With its less-than 18W of power consumption, Cepton said the X120 Plus offers a 200 meter range at 10% reflectivity, angular resolutions of 0.05 degrees (ROI) and 0.1 degrees (non-ROI), as well as a 120-degree by 25-degree field of view and a data rate of more than 6 million points per second. Cepton said the target price point of under $500 for volume production makes the Vista-X120 Plus available for mass-market deployment.

“Cepton was one of the firsts to scale lidar for high-volume, multi-vehicle model deployment through our flagship lidar program,” said Jun Pei, CEO and co-founder of Cepton. “Utilizing OEM-validated building blocks, the Vista-X120 Plus aims to enhance vehicle safety across all levels of automation. This pathbreaking lidar is positioned to quickly hit the mass market and enable the precision needed for autonomous driving at a safety level that every consumer deserves.”

For more details on the company and its technology, visit the Cepton website here.

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