Plymouth Township’s Varroc Partners with California’s SiLC to Demonstrate LiDAR Integration into Automotive Headlamp

Varroc Lighting Systems, a global supplier of exterior vehicle lighting systems and electronics in Plymouth Township, and California’s SiLC Technologies, a provider of integrated single-chip frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) LiDAR solutions (a sensing system for autonomous vehicles), will demonstrate a seamless LiDAR integration into a production automotive headlamp at CES 2020 in January in Las Vegas.
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Varroc Lighting Systems and SiLC Technologies are teaming up to integrate LiDAR into automotive headlamps. // Photo courtesy of SiLC Technologies

Varroc Lighting Systems, a global supplier of exterior vehicle lighting systems and electronics in Plymouth Township, and California’s SiLC Technologies, a provider of integrated single-chip frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) LiDAR solutions (a sensing system for autonomous vehicles), will demonstrate a seamless LiDAR integration into a production automotive headlamp at CES 2020 in January in Las Vegas.

The Varroc headlamp is based on an LED design and uses four of SiLC’s silicon photonics FMCW vision chips, providing a full 20 x 80-degree field of view per headlamp.

“Varroc Lighting Systems is proud to showcase a milestone in embedded automotive LiDAR with SiLC, a leader in LiDAR innovation,” says Todd Morgan, senior vice president of product development for Varroc. “We believe automotive lamps provide the optimum integration point for sensors at the four corners of the vehicle, and at CES 2020 we are providing a glimpse into the future of automotive navigation combined with aesthetic design.”

SiLC’s LiDAR chip architecture can be inconspicuously embedded anywhere on a vehicle for vision and safety. Its 4D+ Vision Chip integrates all required functionality such as a coherent light source and optical signal processing to enable additional information to be extracted from the returning photos before their conversion to electrons.

The vision sensor can detect height, width, distance, reflectivity, velocity, and light polarization of objects. It can also detect low reflectance objects beyond 200 meters surrounding a vehicle, providing enough time to avoid obstacles at highway speeds.

“SiLC is excited to showcase its 4D+ Vision Chip at CES 2020 in partnership with Varroc Lighting Systems and demonstrate the accuracy, range, and elegance of embedded FMCW LiDAR in an automotive application,” says Mehdi Asghari, CEO of SiLC. “Our integrated LiDAR chip offers the most compact, cost-effective, eye-safe, and accurate LiDAR solution available to meet autonomous vehicle safety and affordability requirements.”

SiLC also will demonstrate a 200+ meter LiDAR scan, showcasing the long range and accuracy of its 4D+ Vision Chip.

Varroc has more than 8,000 employees worldwide with operations in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.

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