Ibeo and Sick are teaming up to offer a new LiDAR 3D semiconductor sensor for industrial applications(solid state lidar). A technology partnership between Hamburg-based automotive specialist Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH and Sick AG has been established.
As part of this partnership, Ibeo provides its ibeoNEXT measurement core. Sick will develop system design and application software for a new industrial LiDAR to solve industrial applications according to customer requirements.
"Autonomous systems will bring increasing changes to the industrial sector in the years to come. Even outside of industrial facilities, mobile applications offer great potential for the implementation of smart sensor solutions. The partnership with Ibeo will allow us to use robust and highly advanced automotive technology for future industrial applications,"said Dr. Robert Bauer, Chairman of Sick AG's Board of Directors.
"With Sick, we are making an automotive LiDAR available for the first time for large-scale industrial applications. In the industrial sector, this is one of the largest LiDAR cooperation agreements ever concluded. Customers will benefit from the close development of ibeoNEXT production based on automotive standards and the resulting high quality standards, as well as the scale effects associated with it,adds Dr. Ulrich Lages, CEO of Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH. We have a long and close working relationship with Sick. »
The ibeoNEXT measurement core was developed for large-scale automotive production and is based on an entirely new photon laser measurement technology for measuring the spatial distance of medium- and long-range objects. Even under adverse environmental conditions, such as precipitation, or in environments with high levels of shock or vibration, the ibeoNEXT measurement core reliably determines more than 10,000 distance values from each 3D measurement.
It also generates a black-and-white image similar to that of a camera, allowing for even more reliable "four-dimensional" environmental detection.
"We decided to use Ibeo's LiDAR semiconductor technology because it is currently one of the most advanced LiDAR 3D measurement systems in the world. It complements our technology portfolio and allows us to offer, in addition to our existing industrial applications, new solutions that are easy to integrate in the field of autonomous and semi-autonomous driving for use in the industrial sector,"said Dr. Kay Furstenberg, senior vice president for research and development at Sick AG. Customers selected by Sick will have the opportunity to test this new LiDAR 3D semiconductor this year.
The market for autonomous and semi-autonomous systems in an industrial context is expected to grow above average. There is a particular demand for robust, smaller and more cost-effective sensor solutions. Ibeo's new semiconductor technology works entirely without moving parts and has a compact format, providing decisive benefits for mobile applications.
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