Self driving cars offer the potential to be a safer, more economical and more environmentally friendly transport option. High performance LiDARs are one of the primary enabling sensing technologies vital to autonomous vehicles to meet the demanding requirements for full autonomy. We discuss the role of automotive LiDAR in autonomous vehicles, and the performance requirements and optical technologies that high performing LiDARs need to achieve to fulfill that role.
A novel structure for an electro-optic (e-o) polymer based Mach-Zehnder modulator is proposed and its anticipated
device performance is detailed. The modulator is designed using commercially available materials and makes usc of wellcharacterized
electrical and optical structures. The modulator is designed to be competitive with the pertrmance of LiNbO
based modulators. The results of the analysis predict a bandwidth of 20 GHz, V of 8-10 V, optical insertion loss of S d13,
and a contrast ratio of approximately 13 dB.