A lidar point cloud of an intersection and buildings

How to understand lidar performance Part 4: Lidar detectors and emitters


Lidar designers have to make fundamental choices about the laser and detector architecture that result in fundamental technical advantages and disadvantages for the sensor. Listen in to understand the choices each designer makes, and the resulting performance and capability tradeoffs. Laser and detector choices are the key driver of a lidar sensor’s performance. Join us to understand the different architectures and what they mean for real-world applications.

Our team has a decade of experience designing lidar sensors and is deeply familiar with all of the laser emitter and photodetector options for lidar sensors. What are the pros and cons of each approach? Why did we choose to use VCSELs and SPADs? What is the current state of research and development on these foundational lidar components?