The consumer automobiles we drive today are loaded with onboard sensors to provide the drivers with information such as, tire pressure, real-time accurate navigation guidance, and advance safety features of lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, and the list goes on. The next evolution of these smart sensors will be the additions of automotive lidar sensors to complement existing sensors to extend the range, accuracy and resolution providing a more complete and comprehensive 3D real-time perception of objects around the cars. Thus, enabling automotive manufacturers to provide systems with higher reliability and even more advanced safety features such as collision avoidance, night vision, enhanced adaptive cruise control to different levels of autonomous driving modes. The Cepton Vista lidar sensors are designed to be a small form factor that operates on only 9 watts of power enabling automotive designers to esthetically integrate lidar sensors into their existing cars' functional designs and electrical systems. The 200 meters range to detect objects allow on board software to react and decide the next course of actions or reactions while the vehicle is traveling at speeds of 65 mph. The Vista's angular resolution is 0.1 degree providing a high level of accuracies to delineate and detect different objects in near range or far range.
The traditional mapping and surveying industry have been transformed over the last 10 years with the invention of lidar sensors to provide 3D aerial mapping. These earlier lidar sensors are large, expensive, heavy, and deployed on large drones and or fixed wing aircraft. Cepton leverages its core technology from automotive lidar sensors to provide a lightweight, long range, high resolution, and cost-effective aerial lidar sensor for use with UAV drones to address the needs and requirements of 3D digital mapping ranging from terrain mapping, urban mapping to mapping of utility assets such as, pipelines, powerlines and various infrastructures. The Cepton Sora is lightweight at 550 grams enabling aerial systems with a lighter payload and extending flight time. The rich and dense point cloud of 120,000 point per second scans at 200 hz using two lines. These are just a few highlights of the Cepton Aerial lidar sensor.
The agriculture industry is not foreign to the adoption of new technologies in its quest to reduce operation costs, improve yield, and to address the ongoing reduction in available labor resources. GPS technology coupled with advance software available in our consumer daily cars today have already found its way onto farming equipment and fields throughout the world with systems such as, automated steering. The organic evolution of the tractor automated steering solution is to provide real-time 3D perception with the use of high performance, long range, and high-resolution lidar sensors to enable additional autonomy with real-time decision making capabilities. The Cepton Vista lidar sensor is the ideal lidar sensor to provide these enhance 3D perception capabilities with the ability to detect objects out to 200 meters. The ability to scan with 120 lines produces a rich and dense point cloud of 540,000 points per second enabling clear distinctions between crops vs furrows. In addition, high performance and high-resolution 3D lidar can extend longer operation time in the field without the need of sunlight or artificial light required to provide illumination.
The norm of the world we live in today relies on multiple vision sensors such as, CCTV cameras and IP cameras acting as sentries guarding and watching our home, businesses, and places we frequent. With the advent of automotive lidar sensors and sensor fusion technologies, the possibility of blending different sources of data such as, high resolution 2D digital camera / CCTV data with 3D digital real-time perception point cloud data and detection algorithm can enable an automated process to identify potential threats, as well as escalation to the next decision process. Cepton's Vista series has a 200 meter range and people detection up to 150 meters away. The integration of Cepton lidar sensors with advanced network CCTV cameras provide a reliable and long range perimeter sentry systems with the ability to detect objects day and automate the escalation and decision making process resulting in more effective and accurate at determination of potential risks and physical threats 24/7.
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Cepton Technologies, Inc. was founded in 2016 with the mission of developing industry-leading 3D sensing solutions for automotive, industrial and mapping applications. Cepton's patented Micro Motion Technology (MMT™) delivers unrivaled performance and resolution at a low cost to enable advanced perception for smart machines. We are currently shipping our entire line, comprised of four advanced lidar solutions, and have more than 70 customers worldwide. Cepton Headquarters is located in the heart of Silicon Valley. We also have offices in Ottawa, Detroit, and in the United Kingdom.
CEO & Founder
Dr. Pei is a technologist in optics and electronics. Before co-founding Cepton, Dr. Pei founded AEP Technology to develop advanced 3D optical instruments. Earlier in his career, he worked in technology development at KLA-Tencor, a semiconductor metrology company. Dr. Pei received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
CTO & Co-Founder
Prior to co-founding Cepton, Dr. McCord was Director of System Engineering, Advanced Development at KLA-Tencor. He has also served as an associate professor at Stanford University, and as a research staff member at IBM Research. Dr. McCord received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Mr. Brown has over 30 years of financial experience, primarily with high-tech companies. He was most recently CFO of Velodyne Lidar, and prior to that was EVP and CFO at VeriSilicon Holdings. Earlier roles included VP positions at Cadence Design Systems and LSI Corporation. Mr. Brown holds a B.S. in Business from Miami University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
EVP of Marketing
Dr. Ramachandran has over two decades of expertise in the technology sector bringing advanced IC and system products to market and scaling them to high volume. He was most recently VP of Product Management at Velodyne Lidar, where he helped launch market-leading sensors for AV/ADAS markets & beyond. Previously, as a VP at LSI, he helped pave the way for its growth & eventual sale to Broadcom (Avago) for $6.6B. He has a B. Tech from IIT, Madras and a Ph.D. from USC.
VP of Operations
Dr. Han manages Cepton's engineering team and operations. Prior to Cepton, Dr. Han was Director of Engineering and Technology at KLA-Tencor, responsible for core technology innovation and the introduction of new products. Dr. Han received a Ph.D. in applied physics and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, with a specialty in solid state electronics and optics.
VP of Applications
Dr. Liao leads the team responsible for integrating firmware, machine learning algorithms and other software components into Cepton's lidar to provide a complete solution for customers. Before joining Cepton, Dr. Liao was the co-founder of YourMechanic.com, an on-demand automotive repair provider. He has also served in various engineering and managerial roles at NVIDIA. Dr. Liao received a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from MIT.
VP of Business Development
Mr.Huntingdon has a lengthy career in innovative and disruptive technology business development across the image processing, industrial, IoT and embedded markets. Most recently at Quanergy, he managed all business development in the extended EMEIA market. Prior to that, he held senior sales positions at Apical (ARM), MCCI and Transdimension (Oxford Semi). Mr.Huntingdon began his career as the European Sales Director for GSI Technology and Alliance Semiconductor.
VP of Manufacturing
Mr. Chang oversees Cepton's partnerships with leading manufacturers. Prior to Cepton, Mr. Chang served in engineering roles at several leading Australian manufacturing companies making a wide range of consumer, commercial and industrial products. Mr. Chang has a bachelor's degree in automobile engineering from Tsinghua University and an MBA from Macquarie University.
Cepton is a leading 3D lidar solutions provider that is shipping next generation lidar products for the automotive, industrial and mapping markets. Led by lidar and advanced image industry veterans and backed by funding from top VCs, Cepton has moved rapidly to establish itself as a technology leader, progressing from the founding of the company in 2016 to delivering four advanced lidar solutions and signing more than 70 customers in less than 20 months.