Lidar Startup Lumotive Makes Three-Pronged Pivot

Lumotive, a Seattle-based startup, is making three-pronged pivot, by adding smartphone lidar chips to its roadmap.

Lumotive announced that late this year it will sample its new lidar products, X20 for automotive and Z20 for industrial applications. Both are based on the light-bending properties of metamaterials that enable the startup’s lidar systems to steer light without relying on the mechanical spinners used by conventional lidars.

Also revealed in Tuesday’s product announcement is Lumotive’s ambitious plan to enter the smartphone lidar sensor market. The company is now adding to its repertoire M20 lidars designed for mobile, with plans to prototype them early next year, with sampling projected for the third quarter.