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Canadian LiDAR company LeddarTech has a unique business model that prizes collaboration and supports an industry ecosystem.

Auto Futures talked to LeddarTech’s VP Product Management, Michael Poulin, about the model and where the sensor industry is heading.

Founded in 2007, LeddarTech has developed several innovations in mobility remote-sensing applications. Its patented technologies are used to enhance ADAS and autonomous driving capabilities for automobiles, trucks, buses, delivery vehicles, robotaxis and shuttles.

Poulin tells us: “The LCA3 LeddarEngine is our upcoming generation of LiDAR core that will deliver even more range, resolution, and detection performance to support the highest levels of autonomous driving for a wide variety of vehicles.

“LeddarEngine enables Tier-1 suppliers and AD system integrators to design their own differentiated LiDAR solutions by providing the technology, tools and resources they need to meet the specific requirements of various mobility applications.”

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2030 and beyond…

What sets LeddarTech apart from its rivals is its business model. In terms of autonomous vehicle technology, Poulin believes deployment will be progressive as people familiarize themselves with the technology.

He also urges leadership from both industry players and regulatory bodies to work together to provide assurances that adequate measures and rules are in place for the benefit of all.

He tells us: “Autonomous driving deployment will be progressive, as technology matures, expanding the operating conditions and removing safety drivers when the required reliability level is assured and as regulations allow.”

“Diversity of applications will also increase as cost is reduced. The progression will likely extend well beyond 2030,” adds Poulin.

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“Performance needs to be high enough, but no more than required.”

So what direction is LiDAR technology heading? Poulin tell us: “LiDAR is heading towards solid-state solutions that can scale in volume, meet automotive qualification and reliability requirements of vehicles operating for extended hours per day. Additionally, technology is progressing in the direction of form factor, power consumption and cost reduction.

“In fact, cost and other traditional automotive requirements are taking precedence over performance and performance needs to be high enough, but no more than required.”

“An open platform leading to standardization of LiDAR designs, supported by a strong ecosystem of suppliers is in line with this direction that is required by the industry,” concludes Poulin.

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