Cepton, Inc. Chief Commercial Officer Mitch Hourtienne joined Steve Darling from Proactive to discuss LiDAR technology. He clarified misconceptions and explained the categories of deals in the automotive sector related to LiDAR adoption.
Hourtienne highlighted partnerships for research and development, design wins indicating integration into systems, and series production awards where vehicle models commit to funding LiDAR within a timeframe. Regarding the time-consuming process of integrating LiDAR into vehicles, Hourtienne likened it to the evolution of cameras and radar on automobiles. He anticipated LiDAR starting with luxury vehicles and progressively becoming widespread for various applications as autonomy levels increase.
Hourtienne emphasized Cepton's collaboration with Koito Manufacturing and General Motors, focusing on hardware installation, power consumption, and software integration to optimize LiDAR for vehicles. The interview provided insights into Cepton's progress, emphasizing successful hardware validation and significant software milestones, enabling vehicles to be tested on public streets. Hourtienne conveyed the ongoing efforts in both hardware and software development, acknowledging the company's commitment to advancing LiDAR technology in the automotive industry.
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