Market overview

Autonomous shuttles are vehicles that navigate autonomously at sub-50km/h speeds along predetermined, learned paths. Because of these characteristics, the shuttle segment is less regulated than the automotive market. Hence, trial deployments are anticipated to ramp up quickly.

Autonomous shuttles provide an attractive, flexible solution to move people around industrial campuses, city centers, or suburban neighborhoods, connecting such areas with main mass transit systems, greatly improving public transportation.

Many companies today are involved in the development of a variety of autonomous shuttle platforms. LiDARs for autonomous shuttles is an emerging yet very active market, with an expected CAGR of more than 50% over the next 5 years.  The sensor combination differs significantly between autonomous shuttle platforms and may include anywhere from 3 to 12 LiDARs.

LiDARs in Autonomous Shuttles

The sensor combination differs significantly between autonomous shuttle platforms. It may include anywhere from 3 to 12 LiDARs, which is generally a combination of mechanical scanning and solid-state LiDARs.

At the core of a typical fully autonomous shuttle lies two essential central processing units (CPUs) that work redundantly in tandem to ensure complete collision avoidance and safety: the main navigation system (robotic) CPU and the security (or safety) CPU.

The main navigation system CPU interfaces with one or a few long-range, high-resolution LiDAR sensors for localization, mapping and collision avoidance. The emergency CPU requires short to mid-range LiDARs to provide collision-avoidance perception in the dead zones close to the vehicle and is used to bring the vehicle to a complete stop when the main navigation system is unable to detect an obstacle or in case of system failure.



Application Note:

LeddarTech Solutions

The Auto and Mobility Lidar Platform enables a wide variety of solid-state LiDAR designs which can be used to build a highly reliable 360-degree perception cocoon around the shuttle. These LiDAR modules can be provided in short to long ranges and with various levels of resolution according to the system’s specific requirements. LeddarTech also offers off-the-shelf LiDAR modules ready for integration into specific mobility projects for R&D, proof-of-concept, field validation, and platform seedings.

Related Information

Auto and Mobility LiDAR Platform

Learn more about our unique mobility LiDAR platform that enables ADAS and autonomous driving applications.

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Leddar M16 Modules

These low-cost, robust 2D solid-state LiDAR modules represent the perfect solution to develop 360-degree detection cocoons for autonomous shuttle projects.

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Eliminating Autonomous Shuttle Blind Spots

In this application note, learn how autonomous shuttles rely on LiDAR technology in collision avoidance systems to eliminate blind spots around the vehicle.

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