Hesai Technology announced a new design win with FAW Group, one of China’s larges automakers, for the next generation of the maker’s Hongqi-brand EVs—the first series production design win for Hesai’s ultra-thin long-range ET25 lidar. The program is expected to begin mass production and delivery by the first half of 2025, and FAW plans to officially unveil the in-cabin lidar solution at their innovation technology conference this month.
The ET25 is Hesai’s first ultra-thin long-range lidar designed for ADAS series production vehicles. At only 25 mm in height, it fits seamlessly behind the windshield. The unique in-cabin solution improves aerodynamics, and keeps the lidar sensor dust- and dirt-free, while contributing to a sleek vehicle design. Powered by Hesai’s high-performance transceiver module, the ET25 has a detection range of over 250 meters @10-per-cent reflectivity, enabling smarter decisionmaking in complex road scenarios.
According to the latest report by international research firm Yole Intelligence, Hesai has been the global leader in the automotive lidar market for two consecutive years, holding 47 per cent of the total market share. Hesai is rapidly expanding their ADAS series production programs, securing design wins for multiple production vehicle models, and ADAS development projects with automakers in North America and Europe—a total of 13 automakers worldwide.
The size of this ET25 lidar facilitate its integration at the top of the windshield area. Despite some attenuations due to the windshield structure, this location has many advantages, especially the existing cleaning system (wipers).