LeddarTech expands to Toronto, opens Automotive Center of Excellence

The Quebec-based company is known for developing a cost-efficient, solid-state LiDAR development platform for the automotive industry.

0 October 23, 2018
Devin Jones


Their proprietary Leddar technology offers customized and off-the-shelf options.

Responsible for developing a cost-efficient, solid-state LiDAR development platform for the automotive industry, Quebec-based LeddarTech recently announced plans to expand their operations with an R&D office in Linz, Austria and an Automotive Center of Excellence in Toronto, Canada.

According to a press release, the expansion brings with it two new groups of engineers to fill out the LeddarTech roster and the Toronto Automotive centre will enable “active safety and autonomous driving solutions, with core expertise that includes, namely, vision sensors and fusion, machine learning and deep learning, software development, system engineering and ISO 26262 compliance.”

Additionally, the Austrian R&D facility will focus on microelectronic activities in support of the company’s LeddarCore systems-on-chip (SoC) integration programs.

Light Detection and Ranging, or LiDAR technology, is best known from a consumer perspective as GPS navigation. It’s a remote sensing method used to examine the surface of the earth using various lasers to gather three-dimensional, precise data to generate the maps we use whenever a road trip is called for.

There are two types of LiDAR technology, topographic and bathymetric. The former typically uses infrared lasers to map out land masses while bathymetric uses water-penetrating green light to also measure seafloor and riverbed elevations.

Founded in 2007, LeddarTech’s proprietary technology works on a SoC basis, allowing for customized LiDAR development and mass production, while also offering complete and integration-ready off-the-shelf LiDAR sensors for lower-volume applications.

“LeddarTech is proud to attract top talent and our investment in world-class technical expertise in Linz and Toronto is a testament to our commitment to delivering the most versatile, flexible and architecturally scalable LiDAR development platform in the industry to our customers,” said Charles Boulanger, CEO of LeddarTech.


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