Ouster, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lidar sensors, announced today that Motional, a global leader in driverless technology, has selected Ouster as the exclusive provider of long-range lidar sensors for its all-electric IONIQ 5-based robotaxis. The serial production agreement will see Ouster supply Motional with Alpha Prime™ VLS-128 sensors through 2026.
A culmination of ten years of lidar development and learning from millions of road miles, the Alpha Prime™ long-range sensor is specifically designed for autonomous driving and advanced vehicle safety at highway speeds. It provides real-time 3D data up to 0.1-degree vertical and horizontal resolution with up to 300-meter range and 360° surround view.
“The Alpha Prime™ delivers the long-range, high-performance capabilities we need for our autonomous vehicle,” said Laura Major, Chief Technology Officer at Motional. “Long-range lidar is an important part of Motional’s multi-modal sensor strategy, which includes over 30 sensors carefully integrated into the IONIQ 5 robotaxi design. This sensor suite provides 360-degree vision and enables safe fully driverless operation across diverse driving environments and conditions.”
Founded in 2020 as a joint venture between Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv, Motional is a leader in driverless technology and deploys its Level 4 autonomous vehicles (AVs) for ride-hail and on-demand delivery applications. Motional has unparalleled commercial experience and has operated a public robotaxi service in Las Vegas for over five years. Motional has already begun implementing Alpha Prime™ sensors on its IONIQ 5 robotaxis deployed for Motional’s commercial operations in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, and its testing operations in Boston, Pittsburgh, and Singapore.
“Motional is a leading AV company with large-scale deployments and strong commercial partnerships,” said Angus Pacala, CEO and Co-founder at Ouster. “We’re excited to be the exclusive long-range lidar on Motional’s IONIQ 5 robotaxis being deployed globally. The Alpha Prime™ is a powerful addition to our product portfolio, and one that we expect will continue to drive meaningful new business, particularly for autonomous vehicles.”
Ouster is a leading global provider of high-resolution scanning and solid-state digital lidar sensors, Velodyne Lidar sensors, and software solutions for the automotive, industrial, robotics, and smart infrastructure industries. Ouster is on a mission to build a safer and more sustainable future by offering affordable, high-performance sensors that drive mass adoption across a wide variety of applications. With a global team and high-volume manufacturing, Ouster supports over 850 customers in approximately 50 countries. Ouster is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, with offices in the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.ouster.com.
Motional is a driverless technology company making autonomous vehicles (AVs) a safe, reliable, and accessible reality. The company formed in 2020 as a joint venture between Hyundai Motor Group, one of the world’s largest vehicle manufacturers offering smart mobility solutions, and Aptiv, a global technology company that develops safer, greener, and more connected solutions enabling a more sustainable future of mobility.