Pioneer and Canon have entered into an agreement to co-develop a 3D-LiDAR sensor.
3D-LiDAR sensors use laser light to accurately measure the distance of objects as well as ascertain three-dimensional information relating to distance and the surrounding environment in real time, and are regarded as an indispensable key device for the realization of level-three and above autonomous vehicles.
Pioneer has been pursuing the development of compact, high-performance Micro Electric Memory Systems (MEMS) mirrors that can be produced at a low cost with the aim of mass production from 2020 onwards. In addition to developing object recognition algorithms and vehicle ego-localization algorithms, the company provided its 2018 3D-LiDAR sensor models to companies for testing in September 2018. Additionally, in January 2019, Pioneer established a new organizational structure that integrates autonomous-vehicle-related R&D, technology development and business development to further accelerate the growth of its autonomous vehicle business.
Canon is currently taking steps to expand into a variety of industrial areas through the provision of the optical technologies it has cultivated over its long history.
Under the agreement between Pioneer and Canon, the companies will engage in the joint development of a 3D-LiDAR sensor towards the goal of mass production by Pioneer.