3D light detection and ranging (LiDAR) solutions provider Cepton Technologies is set to deliver its LiDAR sensors to Koito Manufacturing for autonomous driving.

Cepton has designed the Micro-Motion Technology (MMT) LiDAR sensors to integrate directly into a vehicle’s lighting system.

This would enable vehicles to recognise and track objects from all four corners for a true 3D image of their surrounding environment.

Cepton’s MMT LiDAR sensors feature advanced technology free of mechanical rotation and frictional wear. They produce imaging of a vehicle’s surroundings to detect objects that are up to 300m away.

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“LiDAR technology delivers detection range and resolution at a low cost to enable perception for the growing market for smart machines.”

With Cepton’s customised LiDAR shipment, Koito will pursue confirmation of its functionality and performance.

Cepton Technologies CEO and co-founder Jun Pei said: “We are excited to bring advanced LiDAR technology to vehicles to improve safety and reliability.

“With the verification of our LiDAR technology, we hope to advance the goals of Koito, a global leader within the automotive lighting industry producing over 20% of headlights globally and 60% of Japanese OEM vehicles.”

LiDAR technology delivers detection range and resolution at a low cost to enable perception for the growing market for smart machines

It is claimed that the technology could potentially influence the transportation industry and consumer expectations about cars.

As per a market report by Yole Développement, the global automotive LiDAR market is set to reach a market value of $5bn by 2023 and $28bn by 2032.

Koito is a leading global tier-one supplier of exterior automotive lighting that hopes to use a range of sensors for the increasing needs of autonomous vehicles.