Rochester Hills firm in new partnership for autonomous vehicle LIDAR

ROCHESTER HILLS—Dataspeed Inc., an autonomous vehicle technology developer, announced a partnership with Cepton Technologies Inc., a San Jose, Calif.-based developer of  3D LiDAR (laser-based radar) systems for automotive, industrial, security, and mapping applications.

The deal will bring Cepton’s high resolution, long-range, and compact LiDAR systems to autonomous vehicle developers. Through this partnership, Dataspeed’s customers will now have access to Cepton LiDAR technology for the development and deployment of autonomous applications.

The compact design of Cepton’s LiDAR sensors enables them to be integrated directly into the body of a vehicle, providing Dataspeed customers with advanced 3D perception without impacting vehicle design. At the AutoSens Detroit event May 14-16, Dataspeed will be showcasing a Chrysler Pacifica outfitted with Cepton’s LiDAR technology and Dataspeed’s highly engineered by-wire system.

“Dataspeed is a leading provider of by-wire systems with worldwide installations,” said Mitch Hourtienne, Cepton director of business development. “Our partnership will make it easy for the global community to develop advanced perception capabilities for the next generation of autonomous vehicles.”

Added Paul Fleck, founder and CEO of Dataspeed: “Cepton’s LiDAR technology stands out with its compact design that integrates directly into the body of a vehicle. This partnership aligns with our long-term objective of supporting large scale AV deployment with production viable technologies.”

Cepton also recently unveiled its Vista-EdgeTM LiDAR Evaluation Kit, a plug-and-play device with all necessary software and tools pre-installed to view and analyze the LiDAR’s 3D point cloud of data. Cepton’s LiDAR solutions provide 3D perception with a range of 200 meters (656 feet) and a 120-degree field of view, powering all levels of autonomous applications at an accessible price point.

Dataspeed provides complete autonomous research and development vehicle integration that allows engineers to get up and running quickly on their algorithm, sensor, or data research. Dataspeed’s automotive grade by-wire systems form the foundation of these platforms. Hundreds of customers have trusted Dataspeed’s team of software and hardware engineers with their driverless car projects, including sensor developers, mobility-as-a-service providers, teleoperators, research institutions, and government agencies.

Founded in 2016 and led by LiDAR and advanced image industry veterans, Cepton has a leadership team that recognizes where the automotive industry and Internet of Things (IoT) market are headed and have deployed four advanced LiDAR systems. Cepton systems offer  unrivaled detection range and resolution at low cost, to enable perception for the fast growing market for smart machines.

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