LiDAR is a key sensor for autonomous vehicles that enables them to understand their surroundings in 3 dimensions. I will discuss the evolution of LiDAR, and describe various LiDAR technologies currently being developed. These include rotating sensors, MEMs and Optical Phase Array scanning devices, flash detector arrays, and single photon avalanche detectors. Requirements for autonomous vehicles are very challenging, and the different technologies each have advantages and disadvantages that will be discussed. The architecture of LiDAR also affects how it fits into the overall vehicle architecture. Image fusion with other sensors including radar, cameras, and ultrasound will be part of the overall solution. Other LiDAR applications including non-automotive transportation, mining, precision agriculture, UAV's, mapping, surveying, and security will be described.
As Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering at Cepton Technologies, Dr. Mark McCord leads the development of high performance, low-cost imaging LiDAR systems. Prior to Cepton, Dr. McCord was Director of System Engineering, Advanced Development at KLA-Tencor, where he developed electron beam technologies for etching and imaging silicon chips. Earlier in his career, Dr. McCord served as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where he and his group researched various methods of nanometer-scale silicon processing, and as a Research Staff Member at IBM Research, where he worked on development of X-ray and electron beam chip lithography. Dr. McCord earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.