Hesai heads up lidar ISO test method working group

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tCIPre-research work to establish the standard ISO/PWI 13228 Test Method for Automotive Lidar has officially commenced. Chinese company Hesai is acting as the group leader in the ISO Working Group (ISO/TC22/SC32/AHG1), with Valeo as the deputy group leader. Along with other international companies including Denso, Bosch, Sony, Nissan and ZF, the group will jointly formulate the international standards for automotive lidar.

According to research from CICC (China International Capital Corporation), the global market for OEM-installed automotive lidar is expected to reach US$16bn by 2025. With many series production vehicles equipped with lidar set to launch within the next two years, there is a pressing need to form international standards for automotive lidar.

According to Hesai, the formulation of ISO/PWI 13228 will affect the global lidar industry in several ways. Firstly, it will provide universally standardized descriptions for automotive lidar performance, enabling upstream and downstream enterprises to compare and evaluate lidar products. Secondly, it will standardize the test methods for automotive lidars’ key performance, which reduces the risk of perception failure and improves the safety of intelligent vehicles on the road. It will also standardize the management of the automotive lidar market, ensuring lidar products satisfy international basic standards. Finally, the standard will help enterprises reach a consensus on terminologies and technical specifications of automotive lidars, promoting knowledge exchange and technical cooperation on a global scale.

This is not the first time Hesai took the lead in global lidar standards formulation. In February 2020, it launched the UL4700 Proposal, which was incorporated into the American National Standards, with other participating companies including Bosch, Continental AG, Intel and Motional. In February 2022, Hesai also joined IEC TC76 Standardization Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission on behalf of China, participating in the discussion and formulation of the IEC 60825 Optical Radiation Safety Standards.

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Lawrence has been covering engineering subjects – with a focus on motorsport technology – since 2007 and has edited and contributed to a variety of international titles. Currently, he oversees Automotive Powertrain Technology International and Professional Motorsport World magazines as editor.

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