Axel Fuchs is a global technology executive based in Silicon Valley whose expertise is turning new technologies into profitable business in automotive, consumer electronics, security, IoT and industrial markets. Over the past three decades Axel has an established record of success managing critical aspects of high-tech global businesses, including research and development, systems engineering, product management and business development. After completing his Doctorate in Control Engineering at Darmstadt University of Technology, Dr. Fuchs started his career at Daimler building self-driving cars and trucks in the early 1990s. He arrived in Silicon Valley in 1995 to co-found the Daimler Benz Research and Technology office in Palo Alto. There, Axel and his team built the first “Internet Car” which won the Smithsonian Computerworld Award. In 1999 he joined Motorola’s newly established Telematics Division, helping to productize connected cars. Since 2002 Axel has held business leadership positions with start-up companies in Silicon Valley, including SimpleDevices, Telenav, Wheelz and most recently Quanergy.
Computers once lived on our desktops and then they migrated to our pockets. The future is computers leaving our pockets and interacting with the physical world, whether it’s self-driving cars, robots, or AR goggles that help us interact with the world. For this to happen, all of these machines need to see the world not just in colour, but in 3D. Lidar is the go-to 3D sensor, but today even "low-cost” lidar sensors sell for hundreds of dollars and are the size of a shoe box. We believe the potential of autonomy and AR will be fully realized when lidar becomes as ubiquitous as cameras, of which there are about 10 billion sold every year. This immense scale can only happen when the powers of standard semiconductor manufacturing are brought to lidar, making lidar sensors tiny, low-cost, solid-state and ultimately ubiquitous. This talk will discuss new approaches being developed that address the cost, power and size challenges to democratizing lidar, including CMOS-based liquid crystal metasurfaces for scalable and flexible solid-state beam steering in lidar.