Based on “LeddarCore” components, Leddartech has developed LeddarVu8, a compact solid-state LiDAR without mechanical movement that provides highly accurate multi-target detection over eight independent segments. It detects targets at up to 215 m range despite its tiny size of 70 mm x 35 mm x 46 mm and weighing only 75 grams. The LeddarVu8 delivers nearly twice the range for half the volume compared to the previous version.
These qualities qualify the LeddarVu8 as a candidate for advanced driver assistance, replacing the radar. With its adjustable and interchangeable optics module, the LeddarVu8 can also be interesting for other applications, such as traffic management, speed enforcement, heavy-duty equipment collision warning, navigation, liquid level sensing and bulk volume measurements.
The light is emitted by Excelitas’ tri-stacked emitting edge laser diode of 75W and received by a photodiode array. The two components are designed for large volume markets and some innovations reduce their usually high cost. This first automotive version of the LeddarVu8 shows the full potential of this technology to go under the $100 barrier.
This report presents the full system manufacturing and packaging processes for the LeddarVu8 as well as the physical analysis of the two main optical components, the laser diode and the photodiode. An estimation of the manufacturing cost and selling price is included.