What’s Happening: Cepton, Inc., a leading Silicon Valley lidar solutions provider, has announced the release of its groundbreaking new lidar, Vista-X90 Plus. This next-generation lidar is the world’s smallest high-performance automotive lidar with software definable perception capabilities, making it ideally suited for integration in modern consumer vehicles.
Why It Matters: The Vista-X90 Plus builds on the design innovation of Cepton’s recently revealed Vista-X120 Plus and the company’s deep experience in industrializing automotive lidar for volume production. Its significantly reduced form factor, particularly its reduced height, enables unprecedented sensor embeddability, in line with modern consumer vehicle design trends.
- Vista-X90 Plus is 62% slimmer and has a 58% smaller sensor footprint compared to its predecessor, Vista-X90, making it ideal for windshield integration in next-generation vehicles.
- The device boasts enhanced sensor performance while maintaining minimal power consumption, doubling the data rate of the previous model for improved perception capabilities.
- The addition of a real-time software tunable region of interest (ROI) allows the sensor to optimize performance and power efficiency across various driving scenarios.
- Vista-X90 Plus can be seamlessly embedded into the roof, headlamps, and fascia of a vehicle, offering flexible and versatile lidar solutions for a range of use cases.
- The lidar has a 90° horizontal field of view, a maximum detection range of 200 meters at 10% reflectivity, and an angular resolution of 0.07° within ROI. It is automotive-grade and consumes less than 13 W of power.
Bottom Line: Cepton’s Vista-X90 Plus is a groundbreaking automotive lidar that offers superior performance, software definability, and a compact form factor, making it an ideal solution for various applications in modern vehicles. Its size and versatility enable seamless integration into various parts of a vehicle, supporting the vision of safely deploying ADAS and making hands-free, door-to-door driving a reality for American households. With a target price below $500 in automotive volumes, the Vista-X90 Plus has the potential to become an industry standard for high-performance automotive lidar solutions.