Angus Pacala is the CEO and co-founder of Ouster, Inc., a technology company located in San Francisco, CA building high-resolution lidar sensors for autonomous vehicles, robotics, mapping, security, and more. Previously, he was the Director of Engineering and co-founder at Quanergy Systems, Inc. and a battery engineer at Amprius, Inc. Angus received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Silicon has transformed the consumer tech industry over the past few decades by enabling higher performance while lowering costs. Ouster has engineered the optimal lidar by using a unique combination of silicon CMOS detectors and SPADs/VCSELs, and custom designing silicon ASICs. These components are on an exponential improvement curve, much like Moore's Law, and are still far from maturity with potential for 10x improvement in just a few years. This talk will dive into the implications of introducing silicon to lidar, expected improvements, and performance roadmap.