Jit Ray Chowdhury, an automotive engineer who visited AEye, a start-up company of self-driving lidar, discovered unexpectedly that his $2,000 (about 13.5 million) Sony cameras had several distinct horizontal lines and two bright spots in each picture.
After disassembling the machine, he realized that the sensor had burned.
In an e-mail to the media, AEye CEO Luis Dussan said their lidar is absolutely safe for the human eye, but the camera CMOS is 1,000 times more sensitive than the eye. In other words, he did not rule out that his lidar burned the CMOS camera.
Fortunately, Chowdhury said he had been compensated for his new camera.
It is reported that AEye currently uses 1550 nm laser with a range of 1000 meters. However, AEye stressed that the technology can not be absolutely safe for the camera, so it is not recommended that you take the camera directly to shoot the laser emitter.