Integrated Lidar: Transforming Transportation

Valerie C. Coffey

On-chip silicon photonics technology is enabling smaller, cheaper, better distance-ranging sensors to realize safe, ubiquitous vehicle automation and more.


The race to develop safe, inexpensive, fully autonomous vehicles is proceeding at full throttle, and photonics is destined to play a central role. In addition to radar and sonar, self-driving cars will undoubtedly rely heavily on photonics technologies found in new cars today, including cameras, LEDs, diodes, displays and optical sensors that help drivers park, stay in their lane and maintain speed.

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