Cepton debuts Vista-Edge LiDAR evaluation and AI software device powered by NVIDIA Jetson

Cepton Technologies announced on Tuesday Vista-Edge LiDAR Evaluation Kit, an edge processing system combining Cepton’s Vista LiDAR sensor and the NVIDIA Jetson TX2 supercomputer on a module.

Vista-Edge is a true plug-and-play device with all necessary software and tools pre-installed to view and analyze the LiDAR’s 3D point cloud of data. The pre-installed software SDK and sample code will accelerate the ability for customers to develop their own product-specific software that utilizes Cepton’s sensors. Customers who buy the LiDAR Evaluation Kit will automatically be eligible to upgrade to the Perception Evaluation Kit when it becomes available later this year.

Cepton is a 3D sensing solutions provider shipping next-generation LiDAR products for the automotive, industrial and mapping markets. Founded in 2016 and led by LiDAR and advanced image industry veterans, Cepton has a leadership team that recognizes where the automotive industry and Internet of Things (IoT) market are headed and have deployed four advanced LiDAR solutions that are mapping the future. Cepton LiDAR technology delivers detection range and resolution at low cost, to enable perception for growing market for smart machines.

Vista-Edge features a compact, lightweight design and has ports for 1Gb Ethernet, HDMI, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connections and can function on IoT and Wi-Fi networks. Out of the box, the system takes only a few minutes to set up before customers can view the LiDAR’s data.

“Cepton wants to make it easy for our customers to evaluate and test our sensors, particularly when rapid prototyping and running proof of concept projects. Customers can now experience the density and range of our LiDAR sensor point cloud without the need to install software, read manuals, buy cables and acquire dedicated processing hardware,” said Jun Pei, CEO and co-founder of Cepton Technologies. “Our high-resolution, long-range portfolio of sensors provides our customers with the richest point cloud data available on the market and Vista-Edge will enable them to better harness and utilize the data – and for us to demonstrate it.”

“LiDAR-based object detection and tracking can augment traditional computer vision-based solutions,” said Murali Gopalakrishna, head of product management, autonomous machines at NVIDIA.

“Cepton’s offering delivers rich 3D data, making it easy for our customers to fuse the power of NVIDIA AI with the sensing capabilities of the Cepton LiDAR.”

Cepton recently launched two new LiDAR products, Vista-M and Vista-X, designed for all levels of autonomous applications, and will begin mass producing its portfolio of LiDAR sensors in partnership with Celestica this year with full volume production by 2020.

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