Belgian XenomatiX’s lidar sensors ready for breakthrough
For the Belgian company XenomatiX, participating in the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas will be a significant start of an extraordinary year. As a Louvain spin-off of Imec, the company produces the so-called lidar sensors.
Thanks to XenomatiX’ multi-beam approach – using several laser pulses at the same time – they are able to define the distance to a particular object in a fast and accurate way. A technology that will be crucial in the development of semi-autonomous and self-driving cars.
“For the first time, we are going to show a live demonstration of our product in Las Vegas,” says CEO Filip Geuens. “We’ve integrated our sensors in the front of a car, and we will show a 3D high-resolution points-cloud that shows all humans that passing by the car.”
Select group of suppliers
XenomatiX already had the ambition to become a ‘Tier2’ company, a secondary supplier that is allowed to supply ‘Tier1’ companies, the most direct suppliers of the automotive industry.
On Tuesday, the company, for the first time, announced to have signed a contract with an important ‘Tier1’ player in the sector. “So, now we belong to a select group of three lidar suppliers out of the almost 80 companies worldwide that can supply the Tier1 car manufacturers,” Geuens explains.
The contract also means the beginning of a scale-up phase. “Until now, we did research, and showed demos; now we go one step further to support mass production,” the CEO concludes.
In a year or two, XenomatiX’ lidar sensors will probably be found in the next generation of passenger cars that will be able to drive autonomously on the highway.