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AEye AE100 Robotic Perception System

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Company: AEye, Pleasanton, CA
Company Description: AEye is a robotic perception pioneer whose advanced vision hardware, software & algorithms act as the eyes and visual cortex of autonomous vehicles. The company invented iDAR, a new form of intelligent data collection that enables autonomous vehicles to not just capture a scene, but to dynamically perceive it, just like a human would - honing in on critical information that saves lives.
Nomination Category: New Product & Service Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Hardware - Computer

Nomination Title: AEye AE100 Robotic Perception System

Tell the story about this nominated product or service (up to 650 words). Describe its function, features, benefits, and performance to date.

The AEye AE100 is a leading-edge robotic perception system for autonomous vehicle, ADAS and mobility markets that provides breakthrough advancements in perception and path-planning.This solid state, cost-optimized system is based on AEye’s iDARTM technology, a new form of intelligent data collection that enables rapid, dynamic perception and enhanced path planning. iDAR (Intelligent Detection and Ranging) integrates three core components: the world’s first agile MOEMS LiDAR, pre-fused and bore-sighted with a low-light HD video camera; distributed artificial intelligence; and software-definable and extensible hardware. This powerful combination enables iDAR to dynamically adapt to the real-time demands of automated and autonomous vehicles.

Leveraging a powerful, yet safe, 1550-nm laser, AEye’s agile, iDAR-powered AE100 system can always interrogate 100% of the scene, while typical fixed pattern LiDAR systems are only capable of interrogating 6% of any scene, due to huge vertical gaps inherent in raster or spinning systems. With its embedded intelligence, the AE100 offers key advantages:

-Coverage: The AE100 can use dynamic patterns for mapping the environment, as it is not tied to one fixed mode. In evaluating any given scene, AE100’s software definable scanning delivers more than 10x the 3D resolution over legacy systems.
-Speed: It’s 3x faster, and does not miss any objects between scans while identifying and solving any temporal anomalies. This reduces scan gaps, resulting in more than 25 feet of faster response distance at average highway speeds – more than two car lengths.
-Range: The AE100 extends effective range at comparable resolution by 7-10x over currently deployed LiDAR systems.

AEye’s iDAR technology mimics how a human’s visual cortex focuses on and evaluates potential driving hazards. Using a distributed architecture, iDAR critically and dynamically assesses general surroundings, while applying differentiated focus to track targets and objects of interest. This scalable, software-definable approach enables iDAR to deliver higher accuracy, longer range, and more intelligent information to optimize path planning software - enabling drastically improved autonomous vehicle safety and performance at a reduced cost.

Given the innovative adaptive nature of iDAR, specifications will be software definable for the first time ever by frame or region of interest or Pixels/Voxels within specific frames. This gives OEM’s and Tier 1s ultimate control of perception. Customizable general performance specifications include up to 200Hz frame rates, less than 60µs object or blob revisit rates, software-definable resolution of .09 degrees H/V, and a maximum range of 300-400 meters. In addition, iDAR’s seamless integration of 2D and 3D data allows for virtual “plug and play” extension of all computer vision algorithms into a 3D point cloud with no added latency.

The product addresses the complex system requirements, high standards and performance demands of automobility players. A key objective was to design a solid state modular platform that is software definable in order to increase reliability and optimize the cost. AEye created an easy transition from first generation spinning LiDAR hardware that allows path planning software teams to plug and play the AE100 as they replace their legacy systems. It requires no software changes, and enables them to bring in the more advanced features over time.

In bullet-list form, briefly summarize up to ten (10) of the chief features and benefits of the nominated product or service.

-Solid state - Much more robust than spinning systems on the market
-Software definable modular platform makes solution highly reliable and cost-optimized
-Real-time intelligent data collection greatly improves speed-to-reaction time
-Agility enables the system to dynamically adapt to real-time demands of autonomous vehicles
-Uses a retina-safe 1550nm laser, which ensures eye safety in commercial rollouts
-Delivers superior coverage: more than 10x the 3D resolution over legacy systems
-Speed is unmatched. It delivers more than 25 feet faster response distance at average highway speeds
-Extends effective range at comparable resolution by 7-10x over currently deployed LiDAR systems.
-Plug and play functionality enables path planning software teams to replace legacy LiDAR systems with no software changes, with the ability to bring in the more advanced features over time.