Cepton Launches Lightweight SORA 200 LiDAR Sensor for UAV Mapping

San Jose, Calif.-based Cepton Technologies Inc., a provider of 3D LiDAR sensing solutions for automotive, industrial and mapping applications, has launched the SORA 200, a lightweight 3D LiDAR sensor designed for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

According to Cepton, because of its 550-gram weight, the SORA 200 can be deployed in situations for which payload weight matters. In turn, the drone can fly for a longer period of time.

In addition, the company says, with its scanning range extending up to 200 meters, the SORA 200 allows UAVs to fly at higher altitudes and cover more ground. Lastly, with a 200-hertz frame rate, drones equipped with the SORA 200 can operate faster while maintaining high-density data acquisition, adds Cepton.

Cepton is partnering with LiDAR USA, a LiDAR geospatial solutions company, to bring SORA 200 to market. LiDAR USA is Cepton’s first reseller and system integrator for UAV mapping.

“To meet the increasing demands of UAVs, LiDAR sensors must be long-range, lightweight and high-resolution,” explains Dr. Mark McCord, co-founder and vice president of engineering at Cepton. “SORA 200 allows for highly efficient 3D map data production at increased altitudes and velocities in various environments. With 200-meter range and a weight of just 550 grams, SORA 200 is the lightest high-performance UAV LiDAR on the market today. We are thrilled to partner with LiDAR USA on this product to bring a new solution to the UAV mapping industry.”

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