The future of transport.
In the next 10 to 15 years, the emergence of Autonomous Vehicles (AV) will usher in a new level of safety and efficiency for all manner of transport — from passenger vehicles to long-haul trucking to delivery. LiDAR will be a central component of this revolution, serving as the main source of high-resolution, three-dimensional data about the environment around the car.
LiDAR is expected to become a multi-billion dollar market by 2025, with over $2B USD invested in recent years and over 10 million highly autonomous (SAE Level 4 or higher) cars, trucks and robotaxis anticipated to be on the road by 2030. It is clear that LiDAR is a necessary technology for realizing L4 — highly autonomous/self-driving, with only occasional/optional human driver intervention — or higher. And it is also clear that active cooling and temperature control with thermoelectric devices is necessary to meet the range, resolution and performance requirements needed of LiDAR sensors for AV.
Active cooling of the precisely-tuned lasers and detectors inside LiDAR sensors ensures high sensitivity, reduced interference, high reliability and perfect operation in a broad temperature range of the LiDAR sensor’s light engine. Phononic is working with LiDAR sensor makers and component providers today on thermoelectric cooling solutions that will enable the AV revolution of tomorrow. Delivering highest-level performance, reliability, precision and design, Phononic TECs ensure that the exacting requirements for today’s high-profile automotive LiDAR applications are met — every time.