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LIDAR has been in use for over 60 years in military, aerospace, robotics, and meteorological fields. Today it is experiencing a flurry of interest due to the expectation that it will be one of the key sensors to enable autonomous driving. With more than $2.1 billion raised to date, more than 85 companies are developing automotive grade LIDAR sensors using their unique approaches. This conference is the only event in the world exclusively focused on automotive LIDAR technologies and applications. The conference's sessions will describe the various approaches to make a LIDAR system, as well as explain via physics and math the reasons to choose one approach over another. We will also discuss the publicly disclosed methods from each of the known developers, their strengths and weaknesses, and how they likely they are to scale in manufacturability and cost. The conference will also provide overviews of marketplace projections and business trends. The material presented will enable attendees to make well-informed decisions regarding which LIDAR approaches are optimal for solving their challenges and requirements.

Conference Topics

  • Expert reviews and analyses of state-of-the-art LIDAR technologies
  • Business trends, market projections, M&A developments, and startup activity
  • LIDAR data fusion with other types of sensors such as radar and camera
  • Impacts of enabling technologies such as artificial intelligence
  • Notable academic research related to LIDAR for automotive applications
  • LIDAR data processing techniques and algorithms
  • Supply chain trends and challenges, government regulations, and mandates
  • Fabrication, packaging, and system assembly techniques
  • Reliability testing methodologies and techniques
  • Technology transfer, ecosystems and research hubs, company formation

Who Should Attend

  • CEOs
  • CTOs
  • VPs of engineering
  • VPs of marketing
  • VPs of business development
  • Engineering leaders
  • Engineering managers
  • Marketing, sales and business development managers
  • Industry analysts
  • Investors
  • Purchasing managers
  • Sensors and electronics consultants

Prior Participating Companies
(from the 2018 event)

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(from the participants and attendees of the 2019 event)

“Automotive LIDAR 2019 was a great conference, from the venue through the presentations. The developments of new products and solutions to known concerns continues so the excitement around LIDAR continues. The combination of established and start-up companies was very good. I’m looking forward to next year’s event to see the progress the industry continues to make.”
Phil Amsrud, Sr. Principal Analyst, IHS

“I think this conference has the right balance of content, level of detail, and diversity of perspectives from industry players and across the ecosystem. We had meaningful discussions and debates about where this industry is going. Also, it was great to make excellent connections through networking sessions and expo.”
Winston Chen, Head of Global Sales, Rockley Photonics

“I found the conference very informative, insightful, and well attended. The speakers were an excellent mix of industry experts supplying insight from both the ADAS market as a whole and from the technology sectors supporting the automotive space.”
Steve Ehrsam, Vice President, Innovusion

“The Automotive LIDAR conference in Detroit is the event to meet with the entire value-chain for LIDAR sensors – from material suppliers to OEM’s. Besides it is a must-visit to stay up-to-date in terms of latest developments and trends for the industry.”
Boris Eichhorn, Sr. Manager New Venture, SCHOTT

“Thanks again forsuch a great event; I’m really happy I managed to be there, networking with people from LIDAR industry. It was the best way to get the whole picture of the latest market and technical solutions and an invaluable unique experience that will be undoubtedly useful for our company!”
Evgeny Levin, Chief Application Engineer,DEPHAN

“This was a great conference to communicate with the frontiers of automotive LIDAR industry worldwide, and to learn the trends of technology and market. Also a great place to establish relationship by relaxing and friendly conversation, breakfast, lunch, and reception dinner, etc. It’s highly efficient and that’s very hard to do at other big events and exhibitions.”
John Ling, Chairman and CEO, Hitronics

“It was my first time to attend the Automotive LIDAR conference. It was great to find most of the LIDAR companies from all over the world participating in this big event and sharing their latest and future technologies and the market perspective. The organization was excellent, all talks were on time, and the staff was very friendly and cooperative. I recommend attending this conference and I aim to attend it every year.”
Ali Massoud, Senior DSP Engineer, Huawei

“This conference helped me understand more deeply about LIDAR technologies and its approach to automotive market.Along with the other conferencesMIcrotech Ventures organizes, it is a great event, and we can’t wait to come back next year.”
Hiro Masumoto, Market Development Specialist, Sekisui

“Automotive LIDAR 2019 was a great event! It really makes efficient use of our time to have a conference solely dedicated to LIDAR. The conference was well-run and there was great interaction with both customers and vendors.”
Mark McCord, CTO, Cepton

“It was an eye opening and realistic event in which industry experts across the globe shared their strategy and technical challenges of introducing LIDAR into major verticals. Automotive LIDAR 2019 is the industry’s leading LIDAR conference and I will definitely attend again.”
Amit Mehta, Sr. Business Development Manager, Koito NAL Silicon Valley Lab

“It was an easy decision to invest our time and money in this event. The attendees and exhibitors represented the entire LIDAR ecosystem, from vehicle manufacturers all the way through the supply base. The focused scope of the presentation meant that all conversations were both deep and efficient. Great connections!”
Eric Rogers, IP Counsel and Market Strategy Leader, AGC

(from the participants and attendees of the 2018 event)

“Thanks again for organizing an excellent conference! We made many great contacts that have resulted in great leads for partnerships and investment, so it was a great venue and audience.”
Gleb Akselrod, CTO and Founder, Lumotive

“I want to thank you for the quality of the organization of this Automotive LIDAR 2018 conference. I was impressed by the quality of the technical information that was discussed, with always a link to real world experience. The quality of attendees made it an excellent conference of choice to network with others on the topic of LIDAR. I am looking forward to next year.”
Pascal Auburtin, Director – Diversification NAFTA, EFI Automotive

“Automotive LIDAR 2018 was a high-quality conference in terms of content and attendees. It was definitely worth the time and travel from Europe.”
Raul Bravo, CEO, Dibotics

“The Automotive LIDAR 2018 conference was the very first conference we attended that was exclusively focused on LIDAR. The event curators made sure that the conference covered a wide range of subjects and showed us the leading-edge progresses. I appreciated the often candid exchanges between key LIDAR providers in the industry.”
Jean-Yves Deschenes, President, Phantom Intelligence

“The Automotive LIDAR 2018 conference gave a comprehensive LIDAR industry overview with an excellent content and information density. In addition, meeting attendees from most parts of the industry was a great opportunity for deeper discussions and new business contacts. The event was extremely valuable for me and a pleasure to attend.”
Marc Schillgalies, Vice President of Development, First Sensor

“I attended the Automotive LIDAR meeting for the first time, this year (2018). The speakers were excellent and provided a good cross-section of the work being done in the field. The workshop presented the first day should be required reading for anyone looking for a quick, but thorough, introduction to automotive LIDAR. The connections I made with vendors is going to help propel my work forward. I highly recommend this meeting for anyone looking for a small, focused meeting on this subject.”
Steve Spector, Principal Member Technical Staff, Draper

“The workshop, presentations, discussions and networking opportunities at the Automotive LIDAR conference were very valuable. I believe all the participants, exhibitors and sponsors got our time and money’s worth at the event. I intend to invite my overseas colleagues for participation at next year’s event”.
Rajeev Thakur, Product Marketing Manager, OSRAM

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