Toshiba Corporation has announced an updated version of its solid-state LiDAR in the smallest volume availble, along with industry-leading resilience to wind and vibrations. It supports a maximum detection range of 200m, plus, according to a Toshiba survey, higher resolution than any other sensor on the market of similar size. The upgraded performance of the new LiDAR device will help to accelerate progression towards autonomous driving. It will also open up application opportunities for monitoring transportation infrastructure, in such areas as early detection of road subsidence or landslides, snow cover, or fallen objects on roads.
Current methods for monitoring transportation infrastructure rely on cameras, but their performance is degraded by low light levels and adverse weather conditions. Toshiba’s upgraded solid-state LiDAR offers an alternative with superior performance, as it realizes clear, long-distance, robust 3D scanning and object detection across a wide variety of lighting and weather conditions. It is also extremely compact, measuring only one-third the size of the earlier prototype announced back in July 2020, and is the industry’s smallest on record.
“We have developed technologies essential for a compact, high-resolution, long-range solid-state LiDAR that is robust and simple to implement. Major demand for such a versatile product is anticipated in both the autonomous driving and transportation infrastructure monitoring applications,” said Akihide Sai, Senior Research Scientist at Toshiba’s Corporate Research & Development Center.