Lumotive’s “Mini-LiDAR Early Access Program” Accelerates Adoption of Tiny LiDAR in Smartphones and Other Devices

Exclusive Program Features Lumotive M20 Evaluation Kit, Product Customization and Expert Technical Support: Application Deadline: March 31, 2021

Lumotive’s M30 LiDAR module (the production version of the M20 prototype featured in the company’s Mini-LiDAR Early Access Program) delivers 10+ meters of range in bright sunlight, targeting small form factor LiDAR in robotics, industrial automation and automotive applications. Lumotive’s U30 will leverage the same architecture to deliver a tiny LiDAR for use in smartphones.

Seattle, WA – February 8, 2021 Lumotive, a leading developer of scalable, solid-state LiDAR systems, today began accepting applications for its “Mini-LiDAR Early Access Program” (EAP) from qualified partners deploying extremely small form-factor LiDAR in smartphones, augmented reality (AR) products, industrial automation systems and near-range automotive solutions, such as for blind-spot detection and in-cabin driver monitoring systems. The EAP program provides access to Lumotive’s software-defined beam-steering technology nine months before general availability to accelerate product development by customers building unique features into their LiDAR-enabled products.

The Mini-LiDAR EAP provides participants several benefits, including:

  • An evaluation kit based upon Lumotive’s M20 prototype LiDAR module
  • Early access to performance test data
  • Software upgrades and engineering support
  • Joint requirements analysis and custom product planning
  • Input on Lumotive’s future product roadmap

“Demand for tiny, inexpensive LiDAR systems is exploding, driven by requirements in smartphones, robotics and other size- and cost-constrained applications,” said Lumotive co-founder and CEO, Dr. William Colleran.  “Our 3D-sensing products leverage innovative Liquid Crystal Metasurfaces™ (LCMs) and CMOS manufacturing to produce the most scalable LiDAR solutions available for a variety of cost, size and performance requirements. The Lumotive Mini-LiDAR EAP puts that technology in the hands of customers who want a significant jump-start bringing their LiDAR-enabled products to market, and we gain valuable insights into product requirements to drive our ongoing technology development.”

The Mini-LiDAR EAP program is open to partners in the following markets:

  • Consumer: Smartphone manufacturers and technology developers
  • Industrial: Companies pursuing robotics, autonomous guided vehicles and factory logistics
  • Automotive: OEMs, tier-1 suppliers and autonomous vehicle companies deploying near-range lidar systems around the periphery of vehicles and for in-cabin applications

Interested parties can learn more about Lumotive’s Mini-LiDAR EAP at www.lumotive.com/eap.

About Lumotive’s LiDAR Products
In addition to providing the M20 prototype to early adopters via the Mini-LiDAR EAP, Lumotive is developing several small form-factor solutions leveraging the company’s foundational CMOS solid-state beam steering technology.  Lumotive’s M20, M30 and related products in the Mini-series address near-range (typically 15 meters and below) applications with LiDAR modules the size of a golf ball.  Lumotive’s tiny U30 LiDAR, part of the Micro-series, will support near-range sensing of approximately 10  meters in bright sunlight with up to 640 x 480 (VGA) resolution in a module that is only a few millimeters on a side, the size of a typical smartphone camera module.

Lumotive’s scalable LiDAR product platform leverages the company’s patented solid-state beam-steering technology to meet the specific range, field-of-view, resolution and form-factor needs for target applications. Inertia-free LCMs enable more compact and reliable LiDAR systems than legacy mechanical approaches. Lumotive’s novel beam-steering technology can be scaled from low power, small form-factor solutions for smartphones to large-aperture, high performance solutions for greater range and more efficient implementation compared to MEMS-based systems.  Further, Lumotive’s random access beam-steering enables the industry’s first software-defined LiDAR with region-of-interest scanning, object tracking and advanced perception capabilities.  Lumotive can meet demanding cost constraints in a number of market segments by utilizing mature CMOS chip fabrication processes that deliver high volume at competitive costs. Full performance details are available from Lumotive.

Lumotive showcased its revolutionary LiDAR technology with a successful demonstration of the company’s X10 prototype at the CES trade show in Las Vegas in January of 2020 and started shipping its second generation X20 platform to customers in late 2020. The company has received industry acclaim with inclusion in Laser Focus World’s “Top 20 Photonics Technologies for 2019,” Built In Seattle’s “Best Small Companies to Work For in 2020 and 2021,” JMP Securities Efficient Fifty lists of “the most interesting private companies in industrial and energy technology” for both 2020 and 2021 and EE Times’ “Silicon 100: Emerging Startups to Watch.”

About Lumotive
Founded in 2018, Lumotive is a leader in solid-state LiDAR systems, developing high-performance solutions for smartphones, industrial automation, robotics and automotive applications.  The Seattle-based company’s LiDAR solutions leverage revolutionary beam-steering technology based on patented Liquid Crystal Metasurfaces™ to deliver an unprecedented combination of high performance (as measured by range, resolution and frame rate) and readiness for mass adoption (measured by cost, reliability and size).  Lumotive’s random access beam-steering chips enable the industry’s first software-defined LiDAR with region-of-interest scanning, object tracking and advanced perception capabilities.  Lumotive’s investors include Bill Gates and Quan Funds.  For more information, go to www.lumotive.com or to Twitter @LumotiveLidar.