SOSLab has announced the release of its next-generation 3D solid-state lidar for automotive lamps. The ML-X lidar will be demonstrated at the CES 2023 event later this week.
The ML-X minimizes size while enhancing range performance and resolution by more than double compared to its previous version, SOSLAB said. The ML-X tripled angular resolution (0.5 degrees to 0.208 degrees at 120-degree field of view), and also reduced its overall size and weight to 9.5 cm by 5 cm by 10.2 cm and 860 grams by adopting an exclusive system on chip for laser control in the transmission unit. The company said it also expects the ML-X to maximize the convenience of users, as it does not require an additional external module for the operation of lidar.
At CES, the company said it will demonstrate lidar data by installing ML-X in front and rear lamps of a vehicle at its booth. SOSLAB is collaborating with SL Corporation, a Tier 1 global parts supplier to Hyundai-Kia Motors, for the project of installing ML-X in rear lamps. In a partnership with Metrolla, a lidar solution company in the U.S., SOSLAB said it is preparing a people counting solution that could scan the space inside the CES booths. It said it is also seeking to commercialize the technology for adoption in department stores, airports and train stations in South Korea and other countries.
The company said it also plans to introduce lidar GL for robots for commercial production later this year. As a lidar sensor used for high-speed overhead hoist transports (OHTs) and robots, GL aims to deliver high angular resolution and fast scanning speed. The company said it will also expand into the autonomous mobile robot (AMR) and automated guided vehicle (AGV) space.
“Global markets for autonomous vehicles and lidar are undergoing severely difficult days,” said Ji Seong Jeong, CEO of SOSLAB. “Perhaps gems may be distinguished from pebbles during this period. I believe this is a good opportunity for recognizing the real value of lidar companies that deliver technologies optimized for commercialization, commercial products, and sizable sales like SOSLAB. We are fully prepared to exhibit and demonstrate vehicles equipped with lamp-integrated solid-state 3D lidar that deliver outstanding performance, mass production capability, and completeness in design. As we will operate a booth for experiencing industrial 2D lidar (the GL series), which has already sold thousands of units, we hope visitors come to the booth and see the present and future of Korean lidar technologies.”
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