Cosworth Opens New Tech Center, Shows Connected Car of Future with Solid-State LiDAR

Cosworth, the leading designer and manufacturer of high performance engines and end-to-end automotive technologies, demonstrated a prototype of solid state LiDAR sensor technology as part of the official opening of its new state-of-the-art manufacturing center and North American Headquarters in Shelby Township, MI on Monday, June 25th. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Shelby Township Supervisor Richard Stathakis and other dignitaries were on hand to “push the button” for Cosworth’s advanced manufacturing center – one of the most sophisticated in the world and built for the design and development of the “car of the future” technology.

Media and invited guests witnessed a demonstration of a LiDAR technology that is truly solid state. Having no moving parts, the technology is designed and built to provide stability that will meet the stringent automotive standards for reliability.

“At the grand opening of our North American manufacturing center we demonstrated the stability, precision, distance and field of view that are necessary to make autonomous or assisted driving safe,” said Cosworth CEO Hal Reisiger. “With a minimum of 3,200 lasers, a clear 120-degree field of view and 200 meter range, we believe this solution is a game changer for automotive sensor technology.”

Cosworth’s advanced manufacturing center will be one of the most sophisticated in the world, built for the design and development of the hybrid powertrain for the “car of the future.”

Today’s Grand Opening event featured auto technology of the future including:

  • Demonstration of industry leading, truly solid-state LiDAR sensor technology.
  • Tour of the highly automated, precision robotics technology.
  • Corvette driving simulator equipped with Cosworth-patented AliveDrive technology.
  • Cadillac, Camaro and Corvette models with Cosworth-patented AliveDrive technology

Cosworth’s US$50 million investment in the new headquarters will attract innovative companies and STEM workers to the area. Upon completion, the new advanced manufacturing facility will be capable of producing Cosworth’s full electronic and powertrain value streams, solid state sensors, engineering software, hybrid engine technologies and consultative services.

Leveraging its longstanding relationships with top-tier global OEMs such as GM, Aston Martin, Honda, Haitec and Porsche, Cosworth recently achieved profitability and reported significant growth including record revenue of US$72.5M for 2017 and record backlog of over US$440 million across long-term contracts. More than 100,000 cars currently on the road in the U.S. are equipped with Cosworth-patented AliveDrive technology that integrates camera sensors, vehicle dynamics data and data analytics software.