AEye Extends Patent Portfolio, Creating Industry’s Most Comprehensive Library of Solid-State LiDAR Intellectual Property

Patented technology gives iDAR system the ability to create superior
perception data, radically improving safety, reliability, and efficiency
of autonomous vehicles

PLEASANTON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/AI?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#AIlt;/agt;–Artificial perception pioneer AEye today announced a significant
expansion of its global patent portfolio, demonstrating its ongoing
commitment to innovative solutions that promote safe and reliable
vehicle autonomy. In addition to three patents previously
announced
, AEye has been awarded eight additional patents covering
core components of AEye’s iDAR™ (Intelligent Detection and Ranging)
perception system, including its solid-state MEMs-based agile LiDAR,
fused HD camera, and software definable AI technology.

Six of the new patents relate to iDAR’s unique ability to enable
software-defined frames and dynamic scan patterns. iDAR eliminates the
constraints of the typical static point cloud by introducing dynamic
scan modes designed to improve information acuity and minimize latency.
With iDAR, scan modes can be combined and their data aggregated,
enabling an AEye iDAR-powered device to be configured according to
situational demands, such as when a vehicle moving at speed encounters
congestion. This results in improved perception and time-to-reaction,
while significantly reducing resource overhead.

Two of AEye’s recent patents focus on how the iDAR platform monitors and
manages the laser energy of its agile LiDAR. iDAR deploys adaptive
energy control on a pulse-by-pulse basis, allowing the system to
automatically adjust the energy, tuning and shaping of each laser pulse.
This advanced architecture allows for both the dynamic adjustment of
scan patterns and the ability to adapt the laser energy for each pulse
— enabling complete interference mitigation, eye safety and retro
mitigation.

“AEye set out to create the optimal architecture for artificial
perception, reinventing the core technologies that enable it,” said
Aravind Ratnam, vice president of Products at AEye. “These patents
represent AEye innovations that allow us to intelligently process data
at its source, while using the minimal laser power to actively
interrogate each frame. By optimizing and adjusting pulse power and
direction in real-time, we are able simultaneously to focus on regions
of interest, filter irrelevant data, and eliminate interference and
spoofing, while delivering the highest levels of eye safety and retro
mitigation.“

Conventional LiDAR systems are designed to provide basic search
capabilities – passively capturing limited data and treating it all
equally without distinguishing critical threats or objects in the scene.
In contrast, AEye’s iDAR performs multi-modal intelligent search which
can then acquire, pre-classify and track multiple objects quickly.
Putting this intelligence in the sensor at the edge of the network
produces better quality perception data that is more quickly,
efficiently and accurately processed into actionable information. In
addition, iDAR is a software-definable artificial perception system
designed to be interoperable with existing LiDAR sensors and can be
customized and extended as needed.

“The difference is our fundamental system architecture, which allows us
to produce mobility solutions with industry leading range, resolution
and update rate performance, while at the same time delivering ADAS
solutions that are optimized for size, weight, power, and price,” said
Joel Benscoter, head of Customer Success for AEye. “We can do this while
ensuring both products will be under ASIL-B functional safety
certification, to ensure they meet the automotive industry’s stringent
safety standards. Nobody else can do this.”

AEye recently announced the AE110
for the mobility applications and the AE200
for ADAS solutions. The features enabled by the technologies covered in
these patents will be available in both product lines.

About AEye

AEye
is an artificial perception pioneer and creator of iDAR™, a perception
system that acts as the eyes and visual cortex of autonomous vehicles.
Since its demonstration of its solid-state LiDAR scanner in 2013, AEye
has pioneered breakthroughs in intelligent sensing. The company is based
in the San Francisco Bay Area, and backed by world-renowned investors
including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Taiwania Capital, Intel
Capital and Airbus Ventures. For more information, please visit www.aeye.ai.

Contacts

AEye, Inc.
Jennifer Deitsch
jennifer@aeye.ai
925-400-4366

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