Innoviz announces mems-based scanning lidar at CES

InnovizPro stand-alone, solid-state, mems-based scanning lidar

Innoviz Technologies announced at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas the commercial launch of InnovizPro, a stand-alone, solid-state, mems-based scanning lidar.

A CES Innovation Awards winner in the vehicle intelligence and self-driving technology category, InnovizPro is said to to deliver ground-breaking 3D sensing at a significantly lower cost. It is claimed to be the only lidar available that delivers on all of the automotive industry's needs for performance, reliability, cost, compact size and product maturity.

Now available for purchase, InnovizPro allows Innoviz's partners in the automotive industry to test and develop the next generation of autonomous driving programmes. Moreover, the current availability of InnovizPro opens the door for Innoviz to tap into additional markets, including industrial automation, security, surveillance and logistics.

The product's high frame rate, combined with its high angular resolution and wide field of view, enables it to create a dense 3D point cloud with high accuracy. Meanwhile, its long detection range of up to 150m allows it to see with clarity at distance. Combined, these features let it deliver accuracy even in the dark, bright sunlight or quickly changing weather, and when the vehicle is travelling at highway speeds. Its design also allows fine-tuning of regions of interest and ensures reliability and resilience to sunlight.

"InnovizPro provides immediate accessibility to our advanced lidar technology and marks a giant leap forward for the entire autonomous vehicle market," said Omer Keilaf, CEO of Innoviz. "We are addressing a major need for high-resolution scanning technology at lower cost, with no minimum order required. While we continue to work towards automotive-grade lidar with InnovizOne, our partners can order InnovizPro now in order to gain access to the most advanced lidar currently available."

Founded in early 2016 and backed by US$82m in funding, Innoviz is one of the first lidar providers to deliver a complete product to market. With more than 110 employees worldwide, Innoviz has signed strategic partnerships to manufacture as well as integrate its lidar into the autonomous driving systems of market leaders and tier-one suppliers including Aptiv (formerly Delphi Automotive) and Magna.

Innoviz will continue to improve upon its scanning performance with the introduction of InnovizOne, the company's built-in, automotive grade lidar for levels three to five autonomous driving. InnovizOne should have higher standards of performance, reliability, size and affordability. Samples of InnovizOne will be available in 2019.

Live demonstrations of InnovizPro, as well as samples of InnovizOne, are on display at CES. Innoviz's lidar demo is also on the partner stands of Valens, Samsung and Osram. Innoviz product samples are displayed on the stands of Magna and Jabil, and at the Innovation Awards Showcase in the Venetian Ballroom.

The company will also be demonstrating the technology at next week’s Automotive World in Tokyo.

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