June 12, 2024

Cepton Announces Significant Engineering Contract with Koito

Cepton, Inc. (“Cepton” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: CPTN), a Silicon Valley innovator and leader in high-performance lidar solutions for automotive and smart infrastructure applications, has announced today that it has signed a significant Engineering Services Agreement (the “Agreement”) with its long-term automotive Tier 1 partner and current shareholder, KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD. (“Koito”) (TSE: 7276) on May 9, 2024.

Under the terms of the Agreement, Koito will provide Cepton with a total of $10 million in engineering services fee for the quarter ended June 30, 2024, to support a major global OEM program that Cepton and Koito have recently secured.

The Agreement will fuel Cepton’s customer-specific product development and program execution efforts for its near-range lidar, which is planned to be deployed in the above-mentioned OEM program as well as by multiple other OEM customers to enable Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities, for both on-road and off-road use cases.

“This engagement with Koito comes at a crucial juncture as Cepton prepares to fulfill our new OEM program,” said Dr. Jun Pei, CEO and Co-founder of Cepton. “We are thrilled to deepen our partnership with Koito to advance scalable lidar adoption for safety-critical automotive use cases. This exemplifies Cepton and Koito’s shared vision of paving the way to safely deployed autonomy.”

Mr. Michiaki Kato, President of Koito, says: “The Agreement not only reaffirms Koito’s confidence in Cepton’s innovative lidar solutions but also underscores Koito’s unwavering commitment to industrializing cutting-edge technologies that are poised to reshape the future of mobility, aligning with our vision of ‘lighting the way for our sustainable future’.”

For future announcements from Cepton, visit www.cepton.com/learn/announcements.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “estimate,” “objective,” “plan,” “project,” “forecast,” “intend,” “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “seek,” “target,” “milestone,” “designed to,” “proposed” or other similar expressions that predict or imply future events, trends, terms and/or conditions or that are not statements of historical matters. Cepton cautions readers of this press release that these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond Cepton’s control, that could cause the actual results to differ materially from the expected results. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the final terms of Cepton’s arrangement with Koito and, in turn, Koito’s contract with the global OEM differing from Cepton’s expectations, including with respect to volume and timing, or that the arrangement can be terminated or may not materialize into a long-term contract partnership arrangement, Cepton’s expectations regarding its ability to achieve, and the timing thereof, applicable milestones, the amount of engineering services fees that will be generated by the workstreams relating to the global OEM program, and Cepton’s expectation that these workstreams will not be cancelled by Koito prior to satisfaction of all applicable milestones. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Cepton’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon the forward-looking statements. Cepton undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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