Episode 89 - Laser-guided Safety: Innoviz Technologies is Helping Cars See Their World

Few moments provide greater clarity on what’s really important than when a loved one is involved in a serious automotive accident.  

Ten-year-old Omer Keilaf painfully learned that lesson when his older sister was victim of a terrible car crash. Fortunately, she survived, but the event set Omer on a trajectory to try to solve the toughest automotive safety problems using advanced technology.

“Many people have tried to convince me that it’s an impossible mission, but that only made me more excited about it,” said Omer, now the CEO and Co-Founder of Innoviz Technologies, a leading manufacturer of solid-state LiDAR sensors and advanced perception software for the autonomous vehicle industry.

In the latest episode of SAE Tomorrow Today, Omer recounts how he is using the motivation of his early life experiences as well as his tenure as an intelligence officer in the technological unit of the Israel Defense Force as the impetus to make LiDAR cost efficient, more compact and much more prevalent in the mass production market. Omer also shares how his company is contending with the current supply chain challenges, as well as insights learned from working with Innoviz Technologies’ partner-customer BMW.

Stay updated on the latest in autonomous driving from Innoviz Technologies: https://innoviz.tech/

Meet Our Guest


Co-founder and CEO, Innoviz Technologies

Omer Keilaf is the co-founder and CEO of Innoviz Technologies, a leading provider of LiDAR sensing solutions. Mr. Keilaf is helping to enable the mass commercialization of autonomous vehicles and under his leadership, the company has won a program with BMW for the industry’s first series production of autonomous vehicles as well as a number of partnerships with leading Tier 1 solution providers. Prior to co-founding Innoviz, Omer served as an officer in the elite technological unit of the Intelligence Corps of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), 81, and held senior leadership roles in various companies. Omer holds a BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, all from the Tel Aviv University.

Our Host


Innovation Strategist & Co-Founder, Brulte & Company

Grayson Brulte is an autonomous mobility advisor and consultant who provides strategic counsel and political insights to help clients navigate what’s next.

As an SAE strategic partner since 2017, Grayson brings his in-depth industry knowledge to host SAE Tomorrow Today. His unique perspective factors in economics, politics and technology into one-of-kind weekly conversations with innovators changing mobility and its impact on society.

Grayson is a thought-leader who regularly provides insights to publications including Bloomberg, Reuters, The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Hollywood Reporter and Forbes. His written opinions and insights have been featured by organizations including the Consumer Technology Association in presentations to the Federal Trade Commission.

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