First Automobile Lidar to be Previewed at CES

delphiDelphi Automotive wants car shoppers to become familiar with “vehicle-to-everything” (V2E) technology, a futuristic package of software and hardware that will be showcased at January’s 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Delphi also will debut a lidar system that measures distance by illuminating a target with a laser and analyzing the reflected light. It is more sophisticated than radar.

“Radar can see nearly any object, but it can’t tell if the object is a paper bag or a rock,” Owens said. “Vision systems can read street signs, lane markings, but they have a tough time seeing in direct sunlight, a tough time working in inclement weather or if the camera lenses are dirty.

“Lidar bridges these deficiencies. In many cases, it provides a more complete system.”

Owens expects Delphi to be the first automotive supplier to market a lidar system for mass-production vehicles. Delphi said the lidar system is expected to be on the market by 2019.

A lot can happen in three years.

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