Ramachandran to Oversee Product Strategy and Management across all Vertical Industries Globally; Former Cepton and Velodyne Executive is the Latest LiDAR Industry Leader to Join the AEye team
DUBLIN, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$LIDR #investor—AEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIDR), a global leader in adaptive, high-performance LiDAR solutions, today announced the appointment of Dr. T.R. Ramachandran as chief product officer. Ramachandran, who has more than two decades of experience delivering complex, market-leading solutions to large global customers, will report to AEye CEO Blair LaCorte. His hiring comes amid rapid growth for AEye, as the company builds out its management team and expands globally to meet accelerating market demand for its adaptive LiDAR.
Ramachandran brings over 23 years of experience in the technology industry to his new position, including global product launches and related marketing activities. Prior to AEye, he led marketing and product management at LiDAR companies Cepton and Velodyne. His deep experience in the LiDAR industry extends across several key markets, such as autonomous vehicles (AV), advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), intelligent transportation systems (ITS), and security. Among his prior roles, he also served as a Vice President at LSI Corp. and helped pave the way for its acquisition by Broadcom (Avago) in 2014. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Southern California, with a focus on InGaAs optoelectronics, as well as scanning probe-based imaging and nanotechnology.
“T.R. joins the AEye team at the perfect time to guide the strategy and development of our next generation of 4Sight™ products,” said Blair LaCorte, CEO of AEye. “His proven track record of delivering industry leading products will ensure we are able to continue to deliver world leading performance to our customers. T.R. had the opportunity to work anywhere in the industry. In choosing to join the AEye team, he validates that our technology, team, and business model are the most compelling in the industry.”
AEye LiDAR Uniquely Enables Higher Levels of Autonomous Functionality
AEye has developed a unique software configurable LiDAR system, based on a modular hardware platform. Its LiDAR uses adaptive sensing to deliver industry-leading performance to address the most difficult challenges facing autonomous driving. Unlike traditional sensing systems, which passively collect data, AEye’s adaptive LiDAR scans the entire scene, while intelligently focusing on what matters in order to enable safer, smarter, and faster decisions in complex scenarios, while meeting automotive functional safety requirements. As a result, AEye’s LiDAR is designed to enable higher levels of autonomous functionality (SAE L2-L5) at the optimal performance, power, and price.
This modular system design and software programmability enables AEye to produce a single LiDAR system that can be optimized for multiple markets, while uniquely driving innovation and reducing costs. For the ADAS market, AEye licenses its technology to Tier 1 automotive suppliers. Recently, Continental announced it has integrated AEye’s long-range LiDAR technology into its full stack Automated Driving platform, and is industrializing the technology for a planned start of volume production in 2024.
This announcement comes at a time of rapid growth and expansion for AEye. In recent months, the company has added key executives to its management team, as well as opened offices in Japan and Korea and expanded AEye’s footprint in Europe and the U.S. To get the latest AEye news and information, sign up for the company newsletter at https://www.aeye.ai/updates-sign-up/.
AEye is the premier provider of intelligent, next generation, adaptive LiDAR for vehicle autonomy, advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), and robotic vision applications. AEye’s iDAR™ (Intelligent Detection and Ranging) system and 4Sight sensors leverage biomimicry and principles from automated targeting applications used by the military to scan the environment, intelligently focusing on what matters most, enabling faster, more accurate, and more reliable perception. iDAR is the only software configurable LiDAR with integrated deterministic artificial intelligence, delivering industry-leading performance in range, resolution, and speed. The company was founded in 2013 and is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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