Ouster (company)

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Ouster
TypePublic
NYSEOUST
IndustryLidar
Founded2015
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California, United States
Key people
  • Angus Pacala, Co-Founder and CEO[1]
  • Mark Frichtl, Co-Founder and CTO[1]
ProductsLidar
Number of employees
125[2] (2019)
Websiteouster.com

Ouster is an American lidar technology company headquartered in San Francisco, California. It builds high-resolution 3D lidar sensors for use in autonomous vehicles, robotics, drones, mapping, defense, and security systems.[3][4][5]

Its sensors produce images from ambient infrared, with software that enables a vehicle's sensing and mapping functions.[6][7]

History[edit]

Angus Pacala and Mark Frichtl founded Ouster in 2015, along with two other former Stanford University classmates, after working at laser-based sensing company Quanergy.[8]

In December 2017 the company launched out of stealth, raising a $27 million series A.[9]

In 2019 Ouster raised an additional $60 million in a round led by Runway Growth Capital, with contributions from Silicon Valley Bank, Cox Enterprises, Constellation Tech Ventures, Fontinalis Partners, and Carthona Capital — bringing the company’s total raised to $90 million.[10][11]

In 2021, Ouster completed a merger with Colonnade Acquisition, a special-purpose acquisition company and became publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.[12]

Operations[edit]

Ouster produces three main categories of lidar sensors with varying sizes and range: the OS0, OS1, and OS2. These are manufactured in its production facilities in the United States and Thailand. The company has worked with firms in over 15 different industries across 50 countries.[13]

In 2019, Ouster opened new offices in Paris, Shanghai, and Hong Kong in order to scale its business. The same year Ouster sensors were installed in Postmates’ 'Serve' Autonomous Delivery Rovers operating on sidewalks of Los Angeles, Kodiak’s trucks operating in Texas adopted its sensors for testing. For the 2019 DARPA SubT challenge coal mines of Pennsylvania, its lidar sensors were mounted on drones.[14][15][16] Ouster lidar sensors are used to provide vehicles with the ability to sense, classify, and understand its immediate environment.[17][18][19]

A point cloud generated from a moving car using a single Ouster OS1 lidar.

Ouster was selected by autonomous trucking startup Ike as Lidar supplier to bring its automated trucking to market.[20] It is also working with Coast Autonomous to produce self-driving passenger shuttles and autonomous utility vehicles.[21] Ouster has also been working with NVIDIA and Volvo Trucks to develop self-driving systems for commercial use.[22]

In 2020 Ouster partnered with Chinese robotics company iDriverplus to provide lidar sensors for autonomous cleaning robots. During the COVID-19 state of emergency, the two companies partnered to outfit a fleet of robots with OS1-64 lidar sensors. The unmanned cleaning and disinfection vehicles were equipped with lidar sensors on the top and front of the robots providing 360° 3D environmental monitoring and obstacle recognition.[23]

Models[edit]

Name OS0 OS1 OS2
Model Gen 2[24] Gen 2[24] Gen 2[24]
Announced January 2020 January 2020 January 2020
Channels 32, 64, or 128 32, 64, or 128 32, 64, or 128
Range 55 m 120 m 240 m
Minimum Range 0 m 0 m 0 m
Precision ±1.5 – 5 cm ±1.5 – 5 cm ±1.5 – 5 cm
Field of View (Vertical) 90° 45° 22.5°
Angular Resolution (Vertical) 0.7° 0.35° 0.18°
Field of View (Horizontal) 360° 360° 360°
Angular Resolution (Horizontal) 512, 1024, or 2048 512, 1024, or 2048 512, 1024, or 2048
Rotation Rate 10 or 20 Hz 10 or 20 Hz 10 or 20 Hz
Data Points Per Second 2,621,440 2,621,440 2,621,440
Power Consumption 14 – 20 W 14 – 20 W 18 - 24 W
Operating Voltage 24 V nominal 24 V nominal 24 V nominal
Weight 445 g 455 g 930 g
Diameter 85 mm 85 mm 119.6 mm
Height (with cap) 73.5 mm 73.5 mm 98.5 mm

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • In 2020, Ouster was an Honoree at the CES Innovation Awards for the OS2-128 LiDAR sensor within the Vehicle Intelligence & Transportation category.[25][26]

References[edit]

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  18. ^ Korosec, Kirsten (July 24, 2019). "Postmates' self-driving delivery rover will see with Ouster's lidar". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on July 16, 2020. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  19. ^ Ohnsman, Alan (July 24, 2019). "New Laser Eyes For Postmates Delivery Robot, Courtesy Of Ouster". Forbes. No. Transportation. Archived from the original on July 16, 2020. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  20. ^ "Ouster OS1 lidar sensor an integral component of Ike commercial trucking platform". LiDAR News. November 5, 2019. Archived from the original on July 16, 2020. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  21. ^ Trego, Linda (July 29, 2019). "Ouster LiDAR speced in two AVs". Autonomous Vehicle Technology. Archived from the original on July 18, 2020. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
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