Ibeo has developed a completely new, industry-wide 4D sensor system. In particular, the modular design of the ibeoNEXT is unique on the LiDAR market: depending on the application, 11.2 degree or 60 degree optics can be selected (32 degree and 120 degree optics are currently under development). By using several sensors and fusing the data in a software package running on the ECU, 360-degree detection of the environment around the vehicle can be achieved. The ibeoNEXT Generic Solid State LiDAR can be used for automotive applications from traffic jam assistants to autonomous driving. There are also many possible applications in the industrial sector.
The production site in Brest, France was set up in collaboration with partner ZF Autocruise. This has already resulted in a very high degree of readiness for serial production (70% - 90%).
The ibeoNEXT is a solid state LiDAR sensor which has no moving parts at all and uses a pure semi-conductor solution instead. The absence of mechanical components makes the solid state sensor more robust and therefore reliable over a longer period. Because of its compact design and light weight, it can also be integrated easily into a multitude of vehicle platforms and any design. The sensor generates a 3D point cloud and an intensity image that is similar to the photo taken by a black-and-white camera – this is the fourth dimension. The solid state technology of the ibeoNEXT Solid State LiDAR also impresses with its wide range of 260 metres and high spatial resolution of 0.05 degrees.
The ibeoNEXT Fusion System for your use case
The ibeoNEXT Fusion System for environmental perception consists of two main components: The LiDAR sensors and the electronic control unit (ECU).
The sensors are available with a 11.2 degree or 60 degree optic (32 degree and 120 degree optics are currently under development). They can be installed or mounted in any preferred way – depending on your use case. The sensor functionality is not limited to the application shown in this example.
The ECU includes our proprietary perception software to process the data. Via the visualization software, the integrated point cloud, the intensity image and the 3D object tracking are displayed.
Possible setup for an automated shuttle.
This system includes ibeoNEXT Generic modules in combination with centralized processing unit (LDE) for:
The ibeoNEXT sensor consists of a transceiver and receiver unit with 80 rows per 128 columns.
The sensor uses the technology of sequential flashing, which means that the environment is scanned row by row. For every scan, each row is illuminated multiple hundred times. Therefore, each scan consists of thousands of measurements. In addition, rows can be activated in every sequence, depending on the need of the automated driving function.
Due to the sequential flashing technology, the ibeoNEXT scores with small dimensions and a light weight. In fact, the sensor is smaller than a credit card – because size matters!
Highway pilot: Detection of objects that are 20 cm in size from a distance of 130 meters.
Complex traffic scenarios: Detection that covers a 360° field of view by mounting various sensors around the vehicle.
Cutting-in vehicles: Precise object shape detection with a wide horizontal field of view up to 60°.
Overhanging load: Precise detection through 3D modelling of the environment and a high angular resolution up to 0.1°.
The solid state technology means: NO moving parts in the sensor.
With its compact and light design, the ibeoNEXT sensor can be integrated easily into the vehicle.
The use of various optics with the same electronics opens up a wide range of applications.
Over 20 years of experience in the development of LiDAR technology for automotive applications
|Very high resolution (e.g. 0.05 deg)|
|Long range (e.g. 250 m)|
|Large FOV (e.g. 60x30 deg)|
|Output: 3D point cloud, intensity image & (prospectively) perception|
|Small size and small weight|
|Serial product (readiness for serial production status today: 70%-90%)|
|Eye-safe Laser class 1|
|Low energy consumption|
|ADAS and AD (fromL2+ toL5)|
|Frame rate: 25 Hz|
|Absolutely no moving parts|
ibeoNEXT follows a modular approach. There are multiple optics available which offer a different field of view for altering use cases:
ibeoNEXT follows a modular approach, which means that the detection range depends on the configured field of view and reflectivity of the object.
The resolution is 128x80 pixels, which leads to 10240 points per frame.
ibeoNEXT follows a modular approach. There are multiple optics available which offer a different field of view and, therefore, horizontal and vertical angular resolutions for altering use cases:
ibeoNEXT is designed to operate at 885nm.
The system runs with a standard frame rate of 25Hz-40ms. However, the frame rate can also be increased or decreased if necessary.
The interface of the sensor will be Automotive Ethernet 100 Base-T1.
Yes, the sensor is capable of receiving up to 12 echoes. This allows for high-performance measurement in challenging environmental conditions, such as rain or dust.
The ibeoNEXT is time synced by PTP for Prototype Systems / gPTP for Serial application.
The sensor will give out its own file format, which is not accessible by the customer. After being processed by the ECU, the data will be stored in the .IDC file format.
The sensor is designed to operate within a temperature window of -40 to 85°C.
The sensor head itself delivers raw point cloud data. The ECU is designed to compute the following functions:
One ECU can handle up to five sensors. However, this will limit performance. To ensure full performance, Ibeo recommends using four sensors with one ECU.
The ibeo LUX sensor represents over 20 years of expertise in vehicle environment detection. The small LiDAR sensor, which can easily be made ready for market, can be combined with Ibeo software for object classification and tracking and is also used for validation purposes.