We will equip every car in this world with laser scanners and reliable safety applications. Thus, we will be saving many lives and make this our contribution to a progressive and safe society.

We are one of the world’s leading technology providers for laserscanner-based environment detection in vehicles used in public traffic. The continuous development of laser-measuring technology and data evaluation in support of driver-assistance systems, with the ultimate aim of highly automated driving, is at the heart of everything our company does. We want a future without road accidents, with the automobile as an ever-watchful partner to human road users and Ibeo as an indispensable partner to automobile manufacturers and their suppliers. Our products offer additional driver comfort and save lives. 

Our responsibility

We are aware of the enormous responsibility that arises with this claim, and do our best at all times to live up to it. We aim to equip production vehicles all over the world with laser scanners for safety and convenience applications. In doing so, we will also protect those road users who don’t yet have such a system or are not able to adequately protect themselves. This is our contribution to a modern society. Many people dream of a safe future. We are working on making it a reality – every day, with passion, expertise, and utter dedication. Our children will grow up in a safe environment in which the automobile acts as a cooperative partner.

Our values

In awareness of these values and standards, our conduct reflects our loyalty to Ibeo and its objectives. Every one of us participates critically and constructively in discussions and decision-making within the team and the company. Our mission statement is based on four interwoven core elements. These elements are community, innovation, responsibility and reliability, and each of them involves interaction with society.
The vision of a safe future drives us to innovate every single day.
Honesty and trust form the basis of our dealings with customers and colleagues.
We solve challenges as a strong community. 

We stand by our responsibility for the society.

Your career at Ibeo

Ibeo has set itself the goal of making a contribution to society and turning vehicles into cooperative partners. But we want to do more. Together we apply all of our expertise, our strength in innovation and our passion to achieving that goal every day. You too can play a part in the future!

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Our milestones

Ibeo partners with AAC

Ibeo Automotive Systems has formed a strategic partnership with AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd.. AAC will also become a shareholder of Ibeo alongside the founders and ZF Friedrichshafen AG. 

Foundation of our subsidiary in Detroit, USA

Ibeo celebrates its 20th anniversary 

In 1998 the Ibeo Automobile Sensor GmbH was founded in Hamburg. Until now, the vision and values of the founders are the pillars of Ibeo.

Foundation of subsidiary in Eindhoven, Netherlands 

ZF Friedrichshafen becomes shareholder

Since 2016, the automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG holds a 40-percent share in Ibeo: first trough Zukunft Ventures GmbH, and since 2019 trough ZF Automotive Germany GmbH, a 100 percent subsidiary of ZF. 

Cooperation with Valeo Schalter & Sensoren GmbH

Defined goal of the cooperation is the series production of the Valero SCALA® with SOP in 2017.

Management buy-out and foundation of Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH

SICK AG becomes major shareholder

SICK AG, the leading manufacturer of sensors and sensor systems for industrial applications, acquired 90% stake in Ibeo Automobile Sensor. 

Foundation of Ibeo Automobile Sensor GmbH

Foundation of Ibeo Automobile Sensor GmbH with a focus on time-of-flight technology for measuring distance. Starting point was the development of an emergency brake system based on laser scanner technology.

Technology partnership with SICK: solid-state LiDAR for industry

A technology partnership between Ibeo and SICK  has resulted in a 3D solid-state LiDAR sensor for industrial applications.

Great Wall Motor nominates Ibeo to become first LiDAR series supplier

In July 2020, Ibeo was nominated by China’s largest SUV and pickup truck manufacturer Great Wall Motor Company to supply the new ibeoNEXT solid-state LiDAR device for level 3 vehicles with SOP (start of production) in 2022.

VanAssist: Research project for autonomous parcel delivery

beo is part of the research project “VanAssist”, which was launched in October 2018. The goal is to help deliverymen at the last stretch of distribution. Central point of the research are small, autonomous, electric vehicles, that allow emission-free parcel delivery in urban centres.

»KI-FLEX« Hardware research for safe autonomous driving

Since September 2019, Ibeo takes part in the research project “Reconfigurable hardware platform for AI-based sensor data processing for autonomous driving” (KI-FLEX). This project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The goal is to develop a chip and an associated software framework that can perform calculations in the autonomous vehicle faster and more efficiently.

Rinspeed microSnap

Thanks to Ibeo technology, autonomous vehicles can navigate safely even in urban environments with many obstacles. The “microSNAP” acts both as a passenger shuttle and a cargo taxi and was unveiled at the CES.

Urban Jungle Project ITS World Congress 2018

Bestmile, Ibeo Automotive Systems, PARAVAN and Hanseatische Fahrzeug Manufaktur (HFM) are together presenting an autonomous on-demand shuttle at ITS 2018 in Copenhagen.

Project with Local Motors

Ibeo is supplying its LiDAR technology for the OLLI shuttle project of its partner Local Motors.

Rinspeed Budii

Provision of equipment for the Rinspeed concept vehicle Budii is the second cooperation project between Frank Rinderknecht and Ibeo. 

Rinspeed sQubas

sQuba, a concept car designed by Frank Rinderknecht for the Geneva International Motor Show, is equipped with Ibeo LIDAR sensors.

DARPA Urban Challenge

Participation in the DARPA Urban Challenge with our own specially developed autonomous vehicle “Team LUX”, which obtained the approval for autonomous driving on public roads in the USA. The DARPA Urban Challenge proved that autonomous driving without LIDAR technology is not possible. With the DARPA Urban Challenge, Ibeo Automobile Sensor GmbH entered the market in the USA.


Market entry with ibeoNEXT Samples


The first samples of the Ibeo 4D Solid State Sensor “ibeoNEXT” are available!  


Development of the “ibeo LUX” LIDAR: compact and lighter design with integrated object tracking, meets industrial vibration and EMC requirements.


Development of the ALASCA XT with extended range from 80 to 200 metres: first Ibeo sensor with an FPGA.


Development of the ALASCA laser scanner: no longer any external movable components.


Development of the LD-ML laser scanner: the first LIDAR with multiple layers and echoes.

Unser Management

Dr. Ulrich S. Lages

Dr. Ulrich S. Lages studied mechanical engineering at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg and holds a BBA from the GSBA Zurich as well as an MBA from the University of Maryland, USA. He founded Ibeo Automobile Sensor GmbH in 1998 and is co-founder of the Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH. He heads the Ibeo’s Executive Board as CEO.

Partnership with ZF Friedrichshafen

To pave the way for the serial production of a new generation of 4-D solid-state lidar sensors, the automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG holds a 40-percent share in Ibeo since August 2016: first trough Zukunft Ventures GmbH, and since 2019 trough ZF Automotive Germany GmbH, a 100 percent subsidiary of ZF.

For more information about ZF Friedrichshafen AG: 


TOP 100 Innovator


The Hamburg-based lidar specialist Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH made the jump into the elite in the TOP 100 innovation competition, which has just been held for the 26th time.

TOP 100 Innovator


For the second time in a row, the Hamburg-based lidar specialist Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH has made it into the TOP 100 of the most innovative companies in Germany.

TOP 100 Innovator


Ibeo Automotive Systems voted into the top 100 most innovative companies in Germany for the third time.


You will find certificates and academic publications here.

Ibeo worldwide

In addition to its headquarters in the beautiful city of Hamburg (Germany), Ibeo has subsidiaries in Detroit (USA) and Eindhoven (Netherlands), together with various distribution partners worldwide.