LiDAR company SOS Lab detected by investors


4 Ph.D Students From Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology founded SOS Lab.

The company itself may be only a year old, but with its founders’ years of research experience in optical measuring (laser) sensors, the company was able to complete developing a prototype in a short period of time.

Currently available LiDAR sensors (5m LiDAR for obstacle avoiding and 30m LiDAR for wide use) are expected to be used for various purposes including drone, robot, safety and security.   In fact, the industry’s demand has been rising significantly.

The final goal, developing LiDARs for self-driving cars, would require maximum measurement distance of 150 m, measurement velocity of 25 fps and measurement area of 100’(H)X20’(V).  The trial manufactured item will be released by the first half of 2018, and the applied algorithm technology will help the product to keep its full capacity even under severe conditions such as sunlight, temperature, rain, and fog. The mass production for a smaller and affordable model is also being developed.  With such capacity, LiDAR sensors will have big impacts not only on self-driving cars but also for 4IR.

As self-driving LiDAR startups such as Quanergy ($134.5M, USA) and Innoviz ($17M, Israel) are raising notable funds, SOS Labs is confident that the company does not come second to them in technology.  In fact, the company is slowly proving itself and has recently raised the seed round from FuturePlay with the preparation for TIPS and Series A.

Thomas Kim is a support staff member for a multinational law firm in DC. With a B.A. in political science from The George Washington University, he is interested in startup policies and has been involved in a number of cases including a research role at the department of entrepreneurship at GWU. (Though he has no formal education in technology, he considers himself a self-taught mobile apps expert through his active use of various different dating apps.)


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