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Cepton Technologies, Clearpath Partner for Lidar in Robotics

Photonics.com
Sep 2017
SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 28, 2017 — 3D sensing technology provider Cepton Technologies Inc. has partnered with Clearpath Robotics Inc., a provider of mobile R&D robots to extend the availability of Cepton’s HR80 Series lidar sensors to Clearpath Robotics’ online store.

“Self-driving robotic vehicles are uniquely qualified to take on some of the most dangerous jobs in the industrial workplace,” said Julian Ware, general manager for research solutions at Clearpath Robotics. “For them to be successful in this role, they need the ability to see, and in turn, perform more complex tasks. This is fueling the growing trend of 3D lidar for unmanned robotic vehicles, a significant improvement from the single-line scanning abilities of a similar 2D device. Cepton’s HR80 Series of 3D lidar devices meets this market need while delivering unrivaled 80 lines of vertical resolution, and we’re delighted to make them available to Clearpath customers.”

Cepton’s HR80W and HR80T sensors are bringing 3D perception to Clearpath autonomous vehicles and robots. Use of off-the-shelf materials reduces delivery wait time and overall cost. Automation of production makes for easy scaling of manufacturing. The HR80T has a detection range of >200 m, 80 lines of vertical resolution and >0.2° angular resolution in both horizontal and vertical directions.

“It’s a struggle to obtain high-quality lidar sensors today, without having to wait for months or pay an outsized amount of money,” said Mark McCord, co-founder and vice president of engineering at Cepton. “There’s a dearth of lidar solutions that balance long-range, high-resolution performance with affordability. Given Clearpath’s leadership in autonomous mobile robotics solutions, joining their online store makes our solutions available to a new swath of customers who seek viable lidar solutions to enable robotic autonomy. We’re excited to join with Clearpath to bring visions to machines that could not see, and make the autonomous future brighter.”

GLOSSARY
lidar
An acronym of light detection and ranging, describing systems that use a light beam in place of conventional microwave beams for atmospheric monitoring, tracking and detection functions. Ladar, an acronym of laser detection and ranging, uses laser light for detection of speed, altitude, direction and range; it is often called laser radar.
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