Fri. Mar 6th, 2020


Shenango Valley Makers

Aeva Unveils Lidar on a Chip

There are scores of lidar startups. Why read about another one?

It wouldn’t be enough to have the backing of a big car company, though Aeva has that. In April the company announced a partnership with Audi, and today it’s doing so with Porsche—the two upscale realms of the Volkswagen auto empire.

Nor is it enough to claim that truly driverless cars are just around the bend. We’ve seen that promise made and broken many times.

What makes this two-year-old company worth a look-see is its technology, which is unusual both for its miniaturization and for the way in which it modulates its laser beam.