General Motors Selects Cepton To Supply Lidar For 2023 Production
San Jose-based Cepton is one of the less talked about lidar vendors in the auto industry today, but as part of an SEC filing today for its plan to go public through a SPAC merger with Growth Capital Acquisition Corp., it has revealed its first major production customer. Beginning in 2023, General Motors GM is planning to start installing Cepton-based lidar sensors in as many as nine different models.
GM is likely to be using the Cepton lidar to both enhance ADAS capabilities for automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection and also to enable its upcoming Ultra Cruise system. GM hasn’t revealed any details about Ultra Cruise capabilities, but it is expected to be a so-called level 3 (L3) system that enables a vehicle to drive in the lane and follow other vehicles at a safe distance without the driver having to continuously supervise as they do with current hands-free L2 systems like Super Cruise.
Lidar developer Cepton is going public through a SPAC merger valued at $1.5 billion and in its SEC filing revealed that its technology has been selected by GM.