Cepton Technologies was founded in 2016 and is a leading provider of high-performance, high resolution 3D LiDAR solutions for automotive, industrial and mapping applications. Based in Silicon Valley, our rapidly growing team has a wealth of experience in LiDAR engineering and manufacturing. Cepton develops innovative sensing and ranging technologies designed to deliver 3D perception to the smart machines of today and tomorrow. We released our first product in 2016 and are presently shipping our entire line of LiDAR solutions worldwide.
The benefits of our LiDAR offerings set us apart — micro-motion technology removes expensive, ungainly spinning parts common in traditional LiDAR units, resulting in smaller and more reliable sensors that do not compromise on resolution or range. Use of off-the-shelf materials reduces delivery wait time and overall cost. Automation of production makes for easy scaling of manufacturing.
Cepton’s core technology consists of a proprietary laser emission and sensing array that delivers unrivaled performance and resolution at low cost. Using a distributed system design, Cepton achieves a significant cost reduction compared to the currently available LiDAR systems on the market. Higher quality, longer range and lower cost are the hallmarks of our LiDAR innovations, which offer the most viable solution for mass deployment.
As Co-Founder and CEO of Cepton Technology, Dr. Pei brings years of optical and automotive sensing technology expertise to his role.
Dr. Pei and his co-founders identified a significant market opportunity and need for high performance, low-cost LiDAR solutions. The Cepton team correctly understood that there was a significant market vacuum between the first generation bulky, mechanical, rotating sensors and the as-yet unproven approaches using exotic components that were unlikely to be commercially viable for 3-5 years. Dr. Pei has led Cepton from the concept to shipping four commercial products in less than 18 months.
Prior to founding Cepton, Dr. Pei was the founder and CEO of AEP Technology, a manufacturer of optical profilers, interferometer and contact profilometers. Dr. Pei earned a Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Stanford University, and Bachelor degrees in physics and computer science at Brandeis University.
Dr. Pei is married with two children. He is also an avid pianist and (outside of the music industry) is one of the rare CEOs that keeps a piano in his office.
Dr. Mark McCord, Co-Founder & VP of Engineering
As Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering at Cepton, Dr. McCord leads the development of high performance, low-cost imaging LiDAR systems. Prior to Cepton, McCord was Director of System Engineering, Advanced Development at KLA-Tencor, where he developed electron beam technologies for etching and imaging silicon chips, and first worked with Dr. Pei.
Earlier in his career, McCord served as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where he and his group researched various methods of nanometer-scale silicon processing, and as a Research Staff Member at IBM Research, where he worked on development of X-ray and electron beam chip lithography.
Dr. McCord earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Dr. McCord is married with three children. When not building the latest LiDAR technology and solutions, you can find him playing ultimate frisbee and sailing.