A final contender that’s worth mentioning here is Sense Photonics, which we covered back in January. Like the other companies we’ve discussed, Sense is using VCSELs and SPADs for its lidar. However, Sense is using a technique called micro-transfer printing to spread its lasers out. This allows the lasers to use more power without running into heat and eye safety problems
To make sense of the wide array of lidar technologies in the market today, it helps to divide the market into 4 generations of lidar systems. Learn more about the evolution and future of lidar.