Automotive Lidar and Sustainability: Movin’ On 2018 in Review

At this year’s Movin’ On, a conference Forbes calls, “SXSW meets CES meets NAIAS, but with a French flair and cutting-edge staging and production”, attendees witnessed tomorrow’s mobility solutions. Mass transit, electric boats, and ride-and-drive concept cars from Tesla, BMW, Honda, Nissan and others—the event promoted innovation and collaboration between startups, emerging growth and Tier 1 companies.

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Airborne Platforms Highlighted at XPONENTIAL 2018

XPONENTIAL 2018, AUVSI’s annual conference held in Denver, Colorado, earlier this month, provided a valuable cross-section perspective of the latest in unmanned vehicles and their emerging applications. Last year there was a general interest in autonomous vehicles, with automotive technology well-represented on the trade floor, as well as tremendous interest in technical papers, including our own, Increasing Field of View and Reducing Costs in Lidar. This year was almost exclusively airborne platforms, although there was still an interesting array of ground and aquatic vehicles, including a ‘transformer,’ with air and land operation.

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Lasertel Commits $5M Capital Investment in R&D to Advance Capabilities

Lasertel is pleased to announce a $5M capital investment from our parent company, Leonardo. This will allow us to increase manufacturing capacity and advance our efforts in developing high-power laser diodes. The investment, which includes $3.5M in capital equipment, will:

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Four Reasons Dollars per Watt Is the Wrong Metric When Choosing Diode Pumps for High-Power Lasers

For all laser applications, including commercial and defense, a primary objective is to maximize performance while minimizing cost. Within the telecommunications industry, a common metric when selecting a laser diode is the cost of the laser divided by the power of the emitted light—dollars per watt. Although dollars per watt is an effective metric for commercial applications, it is an oversimplification when designing the optical pumping system for a high-power laser, especially for military lasers, for several reasons. 

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Aesthetic Laser Market Outlook: Where Are the Opportunities for Medical Device Manufacturers in 2018?

Although dermatologists first used lasers for skin treatments in 1962, demand for these procedures has accelerated in the past decade. When compared to traditional chemical and surgical treatments, lasers present a number of advantages.

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Lasertel President, Dr. Mark McElhinney, to Present at 2018 Directed Energy Summit

At the fourth annual Directed Energy Summit, March 21-22, co-sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton and the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, Lasertel President, Mark McElhinney, will join industry leaders in a panel to share perspectives on business challenges in meeting current and future high-power laser needs for US security and defense applications. 

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Improving Automotive Lidar Safety With Advanced Vision and Ranging: Bright Way Vision


Eyal Levi leads the development of night vision systems for improved driver safety and is working on enhanced vision for both driver-operated and levels 4 and 5 autonomous vehicles for major automobile manufacturers. Today, he shares his perspective on lidar and night vision technologies and the challenges and promise of laser systems for automotive lidar.

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Insights from Laser Marketplace Summit 2018

At the Lasers and Photonics Marketplace Seminar, hosted by PennWell this past January in concurrence with Photonics West 2018, laser and systems manufacturers and economics experts made clear that the market outlook is promising. 

Industry experts agree:

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Meet the Team: Monica McDade, Engineering Assembly Manager

Monica McDade is a key player on the Engineering team, working within multiple industries to help fulfill customer needs. With an optical engineering background, Monica truly values the creativity at Lasertel which lends itself to the customization of projects.

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CES 2018: Autonomous vehicles & the technology gap between prototype & consumer adoption

At CES 2018 in Las Vegas this January, Lasertel’s Robert Walker met with lidar customers and previewed major automotive customers’ exhibitions. This year, autonomous vehicles from manufacturers such as Hyundai, Ford, and Mercedes, were at the forefront of the tradeshow floor. Here are their impressions. 

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