Before founding Blickfeld, Florian Petit worked on the control of robots as part of scientific work at the Technical University of Munich, Stanford University, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and ETH Zurich. The roboticist obtained his Ph.D. in the field of human-machine collaboration. At Blickfeld, he is responsible for marketing, sales and business development.
In the past, LiDAR systems struggled with a number of problems: they were lacking in efficiency and robustness and were far too expensive for the automotive mass market. LiDAR sensors based on MEMS mirrors are a promising solution. However, MEMS mirrors available today have small mirror sizes of a few millimeters. Their performance in terms of range and field of view is therefore limited. Blickfeld has developed its own MEMS mirrors. With generous dimensions of more than 10 millimeters mirror diameter, which enables better performance. The mirror size is determined by various factors, which Blickfeld will discuss in this talk.
The applications of LIDAR are so broad that seem to be only limited by human imagination. In recent (and not so recent) years we have seen the constant consideration and deployment of LIDARs for distance measurements in agriculture, archaeology, automotive, geology, atmospheric monitoring, law enforcement, military, mining, astronomy,.. But every application has their own by their system integrators, with different degrees of difficulty and maturity. In particular, in the automotive industry, some OEMs envision to place LIDARs in headlights and taillights, bumpers, roof, and other places in the car, at low cost, high durability, low maintenance, high stability, etc. Each of these locations with different required specifications. The goal of this panel is to bring together different TIER1 suppliers and OEMs from different market segments and applications, and discuss the challenges and opportunities for the LIDAR supply chain.