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LiDAR industry: high expectations for autonomous driving

Extracted from: LiDAR for Automotive & Industrial Applications report and Radar & Wireless for Automotive: Market and Technology Trends report, 2019 editions from Yole Développement | LiDAR for Automotive – Patent Landscape Analysis, 2018 edition from Knowmade | Valeo SCALA Laser Scanner, 2019 reverse engineering & costing report from System Plus Consulting

The LiDAR market reached US$1.3 billion in 2018, announces Yole Développement (Yole). For the 2nd time, the market research and strategy consulting company, Yole releases a dedicated LiDAR technology and market report to point out the industry evolution and give insights about the latest innovations. With its LiDAR for Automotive & Industrial Applications report, the company pursues its investigations to understand the latest technical challenges and the strategy of each players. Yole’s analysts identified strong investments in this sector. Competition is fierce and lot of announcements related to innovative technologies and investments have been made towards the media community, all year long. From its side, Knowmade announced lot of new players within the LiDAR IP(1) landscape: Since 2010, Knowmade’s analysts saw an impressive growth of the patenting activity. The swift development of autonomous vehicles has opened many opportunities, with the established and strongest IP players increasingly challenged by new pure players and international companies entering the IP landscape.
This year again, Yole Group of Companies proposes a comprehensive analysis of the LiDAR industry. Combining market, technology and IP data, the partners, Yole Développement, System Plus Consulting and Knowmade are offering a wide collection of reports to get a better understanding of the industry evolution, the latest challenges and related business opportunities.
In addition, the Group proposes a dedicated event taking place in Shenzhen, China: the 2nd Executive Forum on LiDAR for Automotive will take place on September 5, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM alongside CIOE 2019. Discover the past edition and for more information about the 2019 program and sponsorships, please contact: Julie Robert, MarCom Coordinator, Yole Développement.



The automotive LiDAR story began with a race. The DARPA(2) Grand Challenge was an autonomous vehicle race to encourage the development of fully autonomous ground vehicles. In 2005, for the second instance of that race, LiDAR was introduced. Two years later, in 2007, five of the six vehicles finishing that race embedded a LiDAR on their roofs. Since then, many companies have made their own prototypes of autonomous vehicles using LiDAR and carmakers have showed their interest in this technology. The development of robotic vehicles is accelerating, and one leader has emerged.

“Waymo has a fleet of more than 600 vehicles today,” comments Alexis Debray, PhD. Technology & Market Analyst at Yole. “Several announcements have been made about increasing this number up to 82,000 vehicles using Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans and Jaguar I-Pace SUVs(3)”. Alexis had the opportunity to give his vision of the industry and detail the latest technical issues for each type of LiDAR players at SSI International Conference 2019 last week. His “LiDAR: from space to roads” presentation is now available on, SSI International Conference post show report.

On the carmaker side, Audi has integrated a LiDAR, supplied by Valeo, in the A8 since the end of 2017. It is now expanding this feature to other vehicles such as the Q8, A7 and A6 as an option.
“LiDAR adoption is so on track and other carmakers have announced or are expected to integrate this technology in future vehicles”, confirms Pierrick Boulay, Technology & Market Analyst at Yole. BMW with its partnership with Innoviz, for example is part of them.


Yole announces a total LiDAR market to reach US$6 billion by 2024 with 70% of the total market dedicated to automotive applications. Highly and fully automated driving is about to become reality in the very near future. Driven by lower production costs and the emergence of new technologies, LiDAR is becoming a key component for automotive applications and we expect this market to explode, with a 64% CAGR(4) between 2018 and 2024.




Under this dynamic context, System Plus Consulting, part of Yole Group of Companies including Yole and Knowmade has deeply analyzed the innovative laser scanner developed by Valeo and Ibeo
Named SCALA, this laser scanner was developed through the strategic partnership between both players, to propose a mechanical 3D scanner laser capable of identifying objects and measuring the distance in any environment. This innovation has been designed for vehicles with ADAS(5) and autonomous driving functions.
“An embedded rotating mirror deflects the beam emitted by a high-power laser diode through an emitting lens and receives the returned reflections through a condenser lens”, explains Sylvain Hallereau, Project Manager in charge of costing analyses at System Plus Consulting. “A three-element avalanche photodiode array then captures the reflections. ToF’s(6) measurement of the travel time of this pulse enables the system to determine the distance from the obstacle.”


The laser selected by Valeo and Ibeo is a high-power pulsed laser diode based on EEL(7) diode technology from Laser Components. ’The three stacked active layers deliver a peak power of 75W in 150ns long pulses. The laser comes in a can package. In parallel, ToF is measured by an avalanche photodiode array developed by First Sensor. This company proposes a silicon-based device, assembled thanks to a low cost PCB(8) package with a glass window. The two main optical components are assembled on the same PCB.
System Plus Consulting’s SCALA reverse engineering & costing report is a complete teardown analysis, including BOM(9) , manufacturing cost and selling price estimation. It also includes a complete physical analysis of the laser diode and the avalanche photodiode.


Yole Group of Companies is strongly involved in the analysis of technical breakthroughs dedicated to automotive applications. Based on a smart combination of their expertise and knowledge, analysts help the automotive players understand markets, follow technology trends and develop their business. They are able to propose a global analysis taking into account all current and emerging technologies and market updates. As an example, in both technology & market reports, LiDAR for Automotive & Industrial Applications and Radar & Wireless for Automotive: Market and Technology Trends, Yole proposes an alternative scenario taking into account the whole sensing technologies: LiDAR, radar and camera. Technological requirements for autonomous driving are still blurred today and might evolve in a new future to more sensors, different types of sensors and much more computing capabilities. This ability to check and cross information is the added-value of Yole Group of Companies’s analyses.
Make sure to get a clear understanding of the latest technology trends and business updates and discuss with our analysts right now!


(1) IP: Intellectual Property
(2) DARPA : Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency
(3) SUV : Sport-Utility Vehicles
(4) CAGR : Compound Annual Growth Rate
(5) ADAS : Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
(6) TOF : Time-of-Flight
(7) EEL : Edge-Emitting Laser
(8) PCB : Printed Circuit Board
(9) BOM : Bill-Of-Material



LiDAR for Automotive and Industrial Applications 2019

5G is pushing innovation for RF front-end SiP – Produced by Yole Développement.





Companies cited in the report:
Aeye, Argo AI, ASCar, Ball Aerospace, Beijing Surestar Technology, Benewake, Blackmore Sensors and Analytics, Blickfeld, Bosch, Cepton Technologies, Continental, Daimler, Denso, Espros Photonics, Excelitas Technologies, Hamamatsu Photonics, and more …



Radar and Wireless for Automotive: Market and Technology Trends 2019

5The radar and 5G/V2X markets will both grow – one through market pull, the other through prospective enablement – Produced by Yole Développement.




Companies cited in the report:
Acura, Ainstein, Alfa Romeo, Alps Electric, Analog Devices, Anzhi Auto, Aptiv, Arbe Robotics, Asahi Kasei Microdevice, Astyx, AT&T, Autoroad, AutoTalks, Audi, Azcom, Bentley, BAIC, BAW, BMW, Bosch, Bugatti, Buick, BYD, Calterah, CEI, Changan, ChengTech… and more.



LiDAR for Automotive Patent Landscape

From ADAS to autonomous and robotic vehicles, what are the LiDAR technologies and related IP of automotive industry players? – Produced by Knwomade.




Companies cited in the report:
Denso, Mitsubishi, Robert Bosch, Nissan, Toyota, Sick, Daimler, Omron, General Motors, Valeo, Ford, Honda Motor, Hyundai, Continental, Mazda Motor, Sanyo, Ricoh, BMW and more…



Valeo SCALA Laser Scanner

The world’s first automotive-grade LiDAR sensor for automated and autonomous driving. – Produced by System Plus Consulting.





• Nicolas Baron, PhD. is CEO and co-Founder of Knowmade. He manages the company’s development and strategic direction, and personally leads the Electronics & Telecom department. He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis and a master’s degree in Intellectual Property Strategies and Innovation from the European Institute for Enterprise and Intellectual Property (IEEPI Strasbourg), France.
• As part of the Photonics, Sensing & Display division at Yole Développement (Yole), Pierrick Boulay works as Market and Technology Analyst in the fields of LED, OLED and Lighting Systems to carry out technical, economic and marketing analysis. He has experience in both LED lighting (general lighting, automotive lighting…) and OLED lighting. In the past, he has mostly worked in R&D department for LED lighting applications. Pierrick holds a master degree in Electronics (ESEO – France).
• Laurent Berthelot joined System Plus Consulting in 2018 as Laboratory Manager. He worked at Atmel Nantes as Technology Development Engineer for RFID and high voltage applications. He holds a PhD in Microelectonics and OLED devices.
• Alexis Debray, PhD is a Technology & Market Analyst, Optoelectronics at Yole Développement (Yole). As a member of the Photonics, Sensing & Display division, Alexis is today engaged in the development of technology & market reports as well as the production of custom consulting projects dedicated to the imaging industry.
After spending 2 years at the University of Tokyo to develop an expertise focused on MEMS technologies, Alexis served as a research engineer at Canon Inc. During 15 years he contributed to numerous projects of development, focused on MEMS devices, lingual prehension, and terahertz imaging devices.
Alexis is the author of various scientific publications and patents. He graduated from ENSICAEN and holds a PhD in applied acoustics.
• Sylvain Hallereau has been Project Manager at System Plus Consulting since 2000. He is in charge of costing analyses for Integrated Circuits, Power semiconductors and LEDs. He has significant experience in the modeling of manufacturing costs for electronics components, Sylvain holds a Master degree in Microelectronics from the University of Nantes, France.
• Paul Leclaire, PhD works for Knowmade in the fields of RF technologies, Wireless communications and MEMS sensors. He holds a PhD in Micro and Nanotechnology from the University of Lille (France), in partnership with IEMN in Villeneuve-d’Ascq and CRHEA-CNRS in Sophia-Antipolis (France). Paul previously worked in innovation strategy consulting firm as Consultant.
• David Le Gac has joined System Plus Consulting as a cost analyst in 2013. He is in charge of reverse costing with a focus on boards and systems. He previously worked for Lacroix Electronics where he was in charge of components database. He holds a master degree in microelectronics from the University of Rennes.




Knowmade is a Technology Intelligence and IP Strategy consulting company specialized in analysis of patents and scientific information. The company supports the business development of R&D organizations, industrial companies, and investors by helping them to understand the competitive landscape, follow the technology trends, and find out opportunities and threats in terms of technology and patents. Knowmade is involved in compound semiconductors, power electronics, batteries, RF electronics & wireless communications, solid-state lighting & display, photonics, MEMS sensors, memories, semiconductor manufacturing & packaging, medical devices, medical imaging, biotech/pharma, and agri-food.
Knowmade’s experts provide prior art search, patent landscape analysis, scientific literature analysis, patent valuation, IP due diligence and freedom-to-operate analysis. In parallel the company proposes litigation/licensing support, technology scouting and IP/technology monitoring service. Knowmade’s analysts combine their technical and patent expertise with powerful analytics tools and proprietary methodologies, delivering invaluable patent analyses and scientific reviews.
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System Plus Consulting specializes in the cost analysis of electronics, from semiconductor devices to electronic systems. Created more than 20 years ago, System Plus Consulting has developed a complete range of services, costing tools and reports to deliver in-depth production cost studies and estimate the objective selling price of a product. System Plus Consulting engineers are experts in:
Integrated Circuits – Power Devices & Modules – MEMS & Sensors – Photonics – LED – Imaging – Display – Packaging – Electronic Boards & Systems.
Through hundreds of analyses performed each year, System Plus Consulting offers deep added-value reports to help its customers understand their production processes and determine production costs. Based on System Plus Consulting’s results, manufacturers are able to compare their production costs to those of competitors. System Plus Consulting is a sister company of Yole Développement.
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Founded in 1998, Yole Développement (Yole) has grown to become a group of companies providing marketing, technology and strategy consulting, media and corporate finance services, reverse engineering and reverse costing services and well as IP and patent analysis. With a strong focus on emerging applications using silicon and/or micro manufacturing, the Yole group of companies has expanded to include more than 80 collaborators worldwide covering MEMS & Sensors – Imaging – Medical Technologies – Compound Semiconductors – RF Electronics – Solid State Lighting – Displays – Photonics – Power Electronics – Batteries & Energy Management – Advanced Packaging – Semiconductor Manufacturing – Software & Computing – Memory and more…

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