Ibeo has developed a completely new, industry-wide 4D lidar sensor system. The ibeoNEXT's modular design is unique to the lidar market and, depending on the application, offers a selection of 11.2 degree, 60 degree or 120 degree optics (32 degree optics currently being developed). By using several sensors and combining the data with a perception-software package running on the ECU, this sensor offers 360-degree detection of the entire space around the vehicle, making it the perfect solution for autonomous vehicles. This means that the ibeoNEXT Solid-State Lidar can be used in a number of applications designed for the automotive industry from traffic jam assistants to autonomous driving. It also offers a range of applications for the industrial sector.
The production site in Brest, France was set up in collaboration with partner ZF Autocruise. Our combined efforts mean that the sensor is now ready for serial production (70% - 90%).
The ibeoNEXT solid-state lidar sensor has no moving parts and uses a pure semi-conductive solution instead. This absence of mechanical components makes the solid-state sensor more robust and therefore more 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 design. The sensor generates a 3D point cloud and an intensity image that is similar to a photo taken by a black-and-white camera – this is what takes the technology into the fourth dimension. The solid-state technology inside the ibeoNEXT solid-state lidar is also impressive thanks to its wide range of 250 meters and its high spatial resolution of 0.05 degrees.
The ibeoNEXT Lidar System consists of three major parts: Ibeo’s solid-state lidar sensors, lidar domain ECU (LDE) and proprietary perception software.
The sensors generate an integrated point cloud and intensity image of the environment. These provide essential information on the position of every object in the sensors’ field of view and are directly transferred to the LDE. It is a high-performance electronic control unit providing a safe computational environment for perception algorithms and sensor fusion systems. The LDE is designed to process data of different sensor technologies, such as lidar, imaging radar, or camera, and offers full flexibility to customers thanks to two different variants, which make it compatible with both air and liquid cooling solutions.
The perception software running on the LDE continually processes the raw sensor data to classify all surrounding objects as vehicles, infrastructure, or lane markings, and determine free space.
The compiled results are then transferred to the vehicle’s software, enabling a host of Level 3 automated driving functions and beyond.
Ibeo’s proprietary perception software enables a multitude of automated driving functions for Level 3 SAE and beyond by processing raw sensor data and classifying objects surrounding the vehicle, such as passenger cars and trucks, pedestrians, lane markings, road signs and boundaries as well as determining free space in the environment.
This processed data provides OEMs with essential information for automated driving functions like:
The ibeoNEXT sensor consists of a transmitter and receiver unit with 80 rows per 128 columns.
Thousands of measurements - line by line
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.
The base of this technology are three ASICs:
Solid-state lidar technology is based solely on a semiconductor solution and comes without any moving parts. That’s how we made ibeoNEXT smaller than a credit card and so light weight – because size matters!
The same core components are usable with modular optics to allow variable fields of view. Depending on the application, 11.2 degree, 32 degree*, 60 degree, or 120 degree optics can be selected. Sensors can be installed, combined or mounted in many different ways to accommodate a multitude of use cases. With this modular approach, ibeoNEXT enables not only today’s advanced driver assistance systems, but also many future applications.
Highway pilot: Detection of objects that are 20 cm in size from a distance of 130 meters due to a high angular resolution up to 0.07°.
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 120°.
Overhanging load: Precise detection through 3D modelling of the environment and a vertical field of view of 37.5°.
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
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.
Dimensions (D x W x H)
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.
* Availability on demand
Der ibeo LUX-Sensor repräsentiert über 20 Jahre Expertise in der automobilen Umweltwahrnehmung. Der kleine und leichte marktreife Lidar-Sensor kann mit Ibeo-Software zur Objektklassifizierung und -verfolgung kombiniert und zudem auch für Validierungszwecke eingesetzt werden.
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.