Wide-field-of-view chip-scale LiDAR for autonomous machines

Year 2020
Project team Marin Soljačić with Josué López and Thomas Mahony
Overcoming limits of current light detection and ranging sensors
Collaboration with MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Novel nanophotonics allow greater field of view

Next-generation LiDAR

Autonomous vehicles and machines have the potential to change the world, but they are limited by light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensors that cannot meet the demands of cost, reliability, sensing performance, and scalability. This team is developing a next-generation LiDAR sensor that will enable autonomous machines and vehicles to see and navigate. Based on research in collaboration with the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, this patented technology promises a solid-state LiDAR sensor that is higher-performing, more reliable, truly scalable, and lower cost than other solid-state sensors in development or on the market. The technology is based on a novel nanophotonic architecture that allows for a field of view of 160° by 25°, and lower electronic complexity than other solid-state technologies.

MIT Spinoff Building New Solid-State Lidar-on-a-Chip System

The team at Kyber Photonics is developing a LiDAR chip to enable the next generation of autonomous robots and vehicles.

Josué López presented LIDAR On a Chip: Enable Autonomous Machines to See the World at IdeaStream 2021.