This Startup Has A Plan To Build The Missing Link For Self-Driving Cars

ES2 is Ouster’s automotive-grade solid-state lidar capable of detecting objects at a distance of more the 200 meters. The company developed its latest product to support Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) applications, and it expects to have sample products available for partners to use in 2022. ES2 is expected to retail for $600, and Ouster has developed a roadmap that will enable it to reduce the price to under $100, becoming theoretically cheap enough for manufacturers to include them on more mainstream vehicles.

However, developing the technology is one thing, and manufacturing it at scale is another. Take a look at Quanergy, a Silicon Valley lidar company that reached a more than $1 billion valuation, which promoted an ambitious timeline for bringing its solid-state S3 lidar into production in 2020.