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Honoured with the Grand Prize of the i-Lab Competition 2021, the SteerLight project aims to revolutionize LiDAR sensors. This is thanks to a unique proposition enabled by a combination of know-how and patents in photonics, microelectronics and embedded algorithms, developed for more than 10 years at CEA-Leti. A technology that caught the eye of the automotive giant Stellantis.

Stellantis accelerates on LiDAR technology

The group today announces an investment in SteerLight, with the aim of course of improving the performance of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) in future vehicles from the Stellantis brands , including autonomous driving.

According to Stellantis, SteerLight's LiDAR is based on silicon photonics, which combines a universal semiconductor material with the speed of photos. This makes it possible to capture the surrounding environment in three dimensions with optimized resolution and precision. And the cherry on top of LiDAR is that it's all achieved at a lower mass production cost than currently available systems.

Improving automated driving systems remains a top priority for Stellantis. SteerLight's innovative advances can help improve and generalize ADAS applications” explains Ned Curic, Chief Engineering & Technology Officer of Stellantis.

The SteerLight LiDAR is described as robust (without moving parts) and compact, and should ensure maximum flexibility for automotive engineers. “It addresses the challenges related to the integration of LiDAR technology into vehicles” promises the automobile group.

After excellent results in 2023, Stellantis expects to maintain double-digit adjusted operating margin in 2024, and positive industrial free cash flow, despite macroeconomic uncertainties.

Remember that Stellantis, which brings together numerous brands such as Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Citroën, DS Automobiles, Fiat, Maserati, Opel and Peugeot, is aiming for a strategic plan called Dare Forward 2030, in order to become a “tech company” mobility and achieve carbon neutrality by 2038.

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