Ouster Sensors on a Chrysler Pacifica branded by Ouster
Ouster Sensors on a Chrysler Pacifica branded by Ouster

Digital lidar for autonomous vehicles


Drive with the highest-performance lidar sensors

Roadways are unpredictable. Ouster lidar sensors provide high-resolution 3D data of everything around a vehicle to ensure your driver can react to anything that comes its way. Our ultra-wide view, mid-range, and long-range lidar sensors are designed for any driving environment, from the parking lot to the autobahn.

Situational Awareness


Ultra-wide view lidar sensor

Ensure complete spatial awareness of objects and obstacles in the immediate vicinity of your vehicle with the OS0’s 128 channel resolution, 90º vertical field-of-view, and 360º horizontal field-of-view.


Urban perception and localization


Mid-range Lidar Sensor

Confidently navigate through urban hills or the busiest downtown intersections with the OS1’s 45º vertical field-of-view and 120 m range.


Long-range vision


Long-range Lidar Sensor

Maintain ample time to react to obstacles and hazards, even at high speeds, with the OS2’s 240 m range.


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Ouster lidar sensors are the most robust high-resolution lidar sensors available. Our IP69K sensors survive the rough conditions of life on the highway, making them the sensor of choice for the autonomous trucking industry.



Navigate more safely and reliably with more accurate localization and longer-range object detection, enabled by high-resolution lidar and 16-bit intensity.



128-channel sensors available at scale, for a reasonable cost, to accelerate the transition from R&D to commercial deployment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is digital lidar technology?

Digital lidar sensors use semiconductor-based lasers and detectors that allow for the lidar system to be integrated into a single application specific integrated circuit (ASIC). These semiconductor detectors are based on single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) detectors which are able to count individual photons received from the laser emitter. Legacy analog lidar sensors, including both MEMS and other spinning sensors, use APDs or SiPM detectors which measure the strength of the light signal, but cannot count individual photons. Legacy analog detectors measure intensity less precisely, need regular recalibration, and are highly susceptible to failure from outdoor use.

How do lidar sensors compare to cameras?

Cameras and lidar sensors, along with radars, form a complementary suite of sensors used for autonomous driving. Cameras provide extremely high resolution and long-range imagery but have challenges in perceiving object depth information and in handling situations with low light, glare, or heavy shadows. Radar provides low-cost, low-resolution depth information, but can struggle to reliably identify motionless objects or distinguish between two objects in close physical proximity. These are areas where lidar excels and complements cameras and radar.

Lidar sensors produce 360º high-resolution imagery with accurate depth information while maintaining consistent performance independent of lighting conditions. When using a combination of lidar, cameras and radar, autonomous vehicles are able to create an accurate 3D representation of the roadway and all objects and obstacles around the vehicle.

Why does higher resolution matter?

Higher resolution lidar sensors provide more data to improve the performance of perception and localization algorithms. With more data points, the autonomous vehicle can identify objects more reliably and at longer distances. For localization, higher resolution combined with our 16-bit intensity data provides more feature information to precisely determine the position and pose of the vehicle.

Can spinning sensors be automotive grade?

Ouster’s digital lidar sensors are the most reliable sensors available on the market today, and we are on a path to achieve ASIL-B certification in 2022. Our sensors have passed many automotive grade reliability tests - including achieving IP68 and IP69K ratings, as well as passing IEC 60068-2-27 and IEC 60068-2-29 for shock and IEC 60068-2-64 for vibration.

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