lidar

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Lighting up the road

Various lidar companies are finding ways to meet the huge challenges automotive applications present. Jessica Rowbury discovers Luminar’s approach, and decisions made in designing their system

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Thin Film Interference Filters for LIDAR

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