Ouster launches new solid state automotive lidars

  • November 8, 2021
  • William Payne

California based digital lidar developer Ouster has launched a new family of solid state digital lidars for the automotive industry, the DF series.

The DF series is a suite of short, mid, and long-range solid-state digital lidar sensors designed to provide uniform precision imaging without motion blur across an entire field of view.

The new family of digital lidars has no moving parts and is designed to meet car maker requirements for ADAS and automated driving while integrating into the vehicle architecture and design.

Ouster expects to make the DF series available for consumer vehicles starting production in 2025. The Company is already shipping functional prototypes and samples to OEMs and Tier 1 partners.

According to Ouster, the new platform provides a solid-state flash architecture that produces high-resolution 3D point clouds up to 200 meters away for 10% reflective targets in full sunlight with no motion blur. The multi-sensor platform can be adapted to different form-factors and sensor configurations to provide varying ranges, fields of view, and vehicle design freedoms with a change in optics.

The DF-0 lidar is a short-range sensor designed for vehicle cocoon coverage, traffic jam assist, and emerging self-parking applications. Its companion DF-1 is a mid-range sensor enabling wide angle coverage for L4 and L5 autonomous vehicle applications and for detecting cut ins and overhangs for L3+ automation, while the DF-2 is a long-range sensor for forward-facing L2 to L3 automated highway driving and safe collision avoidance.

Ouster Automotive is offering individual solid-state sensors as well as a multi-sensor lidar suite at a price point that it expects will enable broad adoption in consumer vehicles. The company is targeting both automotive OEMs and Tier 1s.

“The DF series combines the best of Ouster’s previous solid-state roadmap with the core technology of its recently acquired solid-state platform to deliver a multi-sensor product suite that provides even greater performance and affordability,” said Ouster Automotive President, Shauna McIntyre. “The vast majority of automotive OEMs we are in negotiations with are looking for a suite of lidar sensors, and as a one-stop-shop, we believe Ouster is the only company poised to meet those requirements.”