Sensors Are the Key to Unlocking Exponential Innovation

The Internet of Things (IoT) is revolutionizing our interactions with our surroundings – and the high-level functioning of businesses around the world. At the root of this technological transformation are tiny microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) that sense environmental stimuli and integrate them with AI learnings, driving exponential innovation that enables companies to continuously optimize operations.

In a TED-style talk at the 2023 Dubai Business Forum, Omnitron Sensors Co-founder & CEO Eric Aguilar explained the critical role of sensor systems in robotics and autonomous platforms — which are systems that analyze data from connected devices to assist global industries in making informed decisions.

In describing his unique set of skills and experiences, which combine expertise in sensor development with the design of autonomous systems, Eric gave Dubai Forum attendees an overview of his professional journey to date: Having started his career building sensors for drones at US Navy Research Labs, Eric moved to a startup that licensed Navy IP to build a revolutionary motion sensor. This led to an acquisition by Google, where Eric transitioned to developing autonomous systems. As the avionics lead at X, Eric actualized development for Google project Wing, an autonomous drone delivery service. Then it was off to Telsa where he led firmware and sensor integration efforts for the Model 3.

Having witnessed firsthand the potential of LiDAR in the vision systems used in cars and other autonomous robotics, Eric also experienced the frustration of being handed a technology that was saddled with limitations. Undaunted, he and his founding team launched Omnitron Sensors in 2019 to fix LiDAR — which also required a kickstarting innovation in the MEMS industry.

As one of 32 speakers across 24 sessions addressing and interacting with 2,000+ delegates from 49 countries, Eric was delighted to present at the Dubai Business Forum, a curated audience featuring expert panels, visionary speakers and deal opportunities designed to shape the future of international business. For more information, visit https://dubaibusinessforum.com/

Omnitron Sensors Unlocks $6.3B LiDAR Market for Autonomous Navigation in Cars and Robotics

Secures foundry partner, forms keystone partnerships, builds proof-of-concept — all on only $11M in venture capital to date

LOS ANGELES — December 14, 2023 — The market for light detection and ranging (LiDAR) subsystems is surging toward $6.3B by 2027[1], in part driven by the automotive industry’s thirst for a precise optical technology that provides real-time 3D vision in all weather and lighting conditions. Omnitron Sensors, a semiconductor startup co-founded by a team with roots at Tesla and Google, today announced a series of milestone achievements in targeting this massive market with the first microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) step-scanning mirror that meets the rigors of LiDAR in automotive advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), robotic cars and aerial drones.

Fueled by its lead investor L’ATTITUDE Ventures, an investor in early-stage US Latina(o)-owned startups with high-growth potential, Omnitron has raised a total of $11M in venture capital since its founding in 2019.

Oscar Munoz, former CEO and chairman of United Airlines and a general partner at L’ATTITUDE Ventures, cited the unique attributes of Omnitron Sensors Co-founder & CEO Eric Aguilar in expanding his firm’s investment in the company.

“Eric’s technical experience in developing sensors, combined with his leadership experience in building autonomous systems for companies such as Tesla — where he led a team of 300 engineers building the firmware for Model 3 — and X, where he helped to develop the autonomous-delivery drone service, Google project Wing, make Omnitron a company to watch,” said Munoz.

In late Q3 2023, Omnitron revealed Silex Microsystems — the world’s largest pure-play MEMS foundry — as its foundry partner, signifying market-readiness to deliver the first MEMS scanner that meets the accuracy, reliability, size, cost and volume requirements of LiDAR in diverse applications. See press release: Omnitron Sensors Selects Silex Microsystems for Reliable MEMS Scanner for LiDAR (September 12, 2023).

Omnitron has also forged partnerships with key players in the LiDAR ecosystem — established suppliers that are eager to use Omnitron’s MEMS mirror in their systems.

“As the first MEMS mirror that aligns to a LiDAR system’s sub-micron-level tolerances without constant recalibration — and which is priced for cars instead of billion-dollar satellites — Omnitron’s sensor has attracted the attention of tier 1 automotive suppliers,” said Aguilar. “With the capital in hand to manufacture our MEMS mirror and with Silex as our proven high-volume foundry partner, we’ve cleared the way to satisfy future demand from LiDAR suppliers.”

As a tech entrepreneur increasingly recognized on the global stage, Aguilar presented at two prestigious innovation conferences during the past year. He engaged with an international community of business leaders at the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce (BCC) and the ICC World Chambers Federation (WCF) conference in Bogotá, Colombia on March 1, 2023. On November 2, 2023, he addressed an audience of innovators from global corporations and fast-growth businesses at Dubai Business Forum 2023 in Dubai, UAE.

About Omnitron Sensors

Founded in 2019 by a core group of MEMS industry innovators, Omnitron Sensors has invented a new topology for MEMS — IP that improves device performance and reliability, and that streamlines assembly to produce MEMS sensors for price-sensitive, high-volume markets, such as ADAS, drones, robotics, smartphones, and other intelligent connected electronics that are part of our daily lives. For more information, email info@omnitronsensors.com or visit https://omnitronsensors.com/contact-us/.

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Press Contacts

Eric Aguilar, Omnitron Sensors

Email: eric[at]omnitronsensors.com

Maria Vetrano, Vetrano Communications

Email: maria[at]vetrano.com


[1] Source: Yole Intelligence, part of Yole Group (2022). LiDAR 2022 – Focus on Automotive and Industrial.

This MEMS Scanning Mirror Could Solve LiDAR’s Expensive Autonomous Vehicle Challenges

Tech Briefs Author Woodrow Bellamy interviewed Omnitron Sensors Co-founder & CEO Eric Aguilar about the evolution of LiDAR sensors in autonomous navigation systems. Eric reveals how long-standing inadequacies in LiDAR sensors–from fragility and performance issues to high cost–have prevented LiDAR sensors from meeting the rigorous demands of the automotive industry. Until now. Omnitron’s new LiDAR sensor solves the problems that have limited LiDAR. Read the article.

Omnitron Activates at L’ATTITUDE 2023

Eric Aguilar at Omnitron Sensors' activation at L'ATTTITUDE 2023
Eric Aguilar experiences LiDAR in a VR environment

The vibe at L’ATTITUDE 2023—the largest business event in the country exploring the ways in which the U.S. Latinx cohort is driving the growth of The New Mainstream Economy—was nothing short of electric. More than 8,000 executives, business leaders and entrepreneurs gathered in Miami to interact with the four L’ATTITUDE partners, Sol Trujillo, Gary Acosta, Emilio Estefan, and Oscar Munoz, each of whom has blazed a path in his chosen profession. Attendees also tuned into a world-class line-up of C-suite speakers from firms such as Accenture, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, NBCUniversal News Group, JP Morgan Chase, United Airlines, and too many others to list here.

L’ATTITUDE 2023 was especially memorable for Omnitron Sensors, which was one of two L’ATTITUDE Ventures’ portfolio companies selected for a booth activation during the event. Omnitron Sensors CEO Eric Aguilar and the Omnitron team showcased the company’s LiDAR sensor technology through a VR demo designed to show event attendees how LiDAR augments environments to enhance the accuracy and safety of autonomous robotic systems.

Eric’s story as a Latino entrepreneur who co-founded a chip company also caught the attention of CNBC’s Squawk Box. Catch his interview here.

One day in the not-too-distant future, Omnitron’s LiDAR sensors will present a 3D environment that’s safer and more affordable for autonomous navigation/operation in cars and delivery drones, in VR gear, in industrial robots, and in other complex electronic devices that need superior machine vision.

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