HORIBA develops world’s first LIDAR test system

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Market novelty allows LIDAR testing in anticipation of the UN Level 3 Regulations for partially autonomous vehicles to enter force in January 2021.

New system will close the gap between test center simulations and real-world road testing.


HORIBA, a leading supplier and innovation driver of vehicle test systems, is the first manufacturer in the world to introduce a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) test system for which a patent is pending. With this application, the company anticipates the upcoming legislation for autonomous driving and provides its customers with a test solution that enables them to comply with upcoming requirements for the approval of autonomous driving functions.

The new system can generate artificial LIDAR objects and present them to a vehicle in combination with camera and RADAR. It is already in use at the HORIBA Test Center in Oberursel but can also be implemented at customer sites. With this development, HORIBA is breaking new ground to avoid interference with vehicle data bus systems and closes the gap between test center simulations and test drives in real-life road traffic conditions.

"With the new test system, we are enabling our customers to already comply with the upcoming UN regulation for autonomous driving (Level 3) in the LIDAR field. The application is also suitable for other LIDAR-based products and services, such as industrial applications in product quality assurance. Thanks to this versatility, we can provide our customers with optimum support and enable them to meet the wide range of requirements they face," explains André Engelbert, Global Applications Manager CAV at HORIBA.

HORIBA's LIDAR test system gives companies a decisive advantage in the development of autonomous driving functions and related services. In addition, the technology for which a patent is pending can also be used in the homologation and technical verification of vehicles. With this new technology, HORIBA is making an important contribution to the ongoing standardization of test procedures related to autonomous driving.