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Volvo deepens ties with lidar builder Luminar to speed unconstrained push



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Automotive News Europe

June 14, 2018 14:00 CET

Volvo Car Corp. is deepening a ties with a fast-growing builder of a lidar, that is deliberate critical to a self-driving car’s ability to see a universe around it.

The pierce comes a week after a automaker announced that unconstrained vehicles would make adult one-third of a deliveries by 2025.

Using a recently launched tech fund, Volvo will make a “significant” investment in Luminar, rd trainer Henrik Green told Automotive News Europe.

“Lidar is pivotal to achieving entirely unconstrained pushing and Luminar has one of a many engaging technologies we have seen over a past year,” Green said, adding that Volvo is looking for a complement that can cover a prolonged stretch and yield glorious resolution.

Luminar’s fortitude uses a 1550 nanometer wavelength that provides 50 times larger fortitude and 10 times a operation of a best opposition lidars, CEO Austin Russell pronounced in a phone talk with Automotive News Europe.

“Today’s systems can see a second ahead. We can see 7.5 seconds forward or 250 meters. That approach we can work during high speed,” pronounced Russell, who is also a owner of Luminar.

Green pronounced that lidar is essential to creation certain Volvo’s stirring unconstrained cars can navigate safely, generally on a highway.

He combined that while Volvo has not sealed a blurb agreement to squeeze Luminar’s system, it expects that by fluctuating a partnership with a startup, that is formed in Palo Alto, California, it will benefit imagination that will assistance it serve a growth of a unconstrained cars.

Volvo skeleton to use it tech account to emanate identical collaborations. “We are looking for a series of pivotal partners with rival technology,” Green said. “We will combine with more.”

5,000 units a quarter

In Apr Luminar, that was founded in 2012, pronounced that it would scale prolongation of a next-generation lidar intuiting height to 5,000 units a quarter by year-end.

Russell pronounced that is adequate to supply each unconstrained exam car now in operation.

The system, that uses only one laser and one receiver to build a 120-degree margin of vision, is done during Luminar’s U.S. bureau in Orlando, Florida.

Competitors such as Velodyne use as many as 64 lasers to emanate a 360-degree view.

Prices for such systems can operation from $4,000 to $85,000 a unit.

Russell pronounced Luminar has agreements with 4 automakers, this includes Volvo and a Toyota Research Institute, a Japanese automaker’s rd arm. He declined to name a other two.

Russell pronounced a partnership with Volvo has worked good so distant since a companies have a identical goal: “The whole reason we built this was to have safer unconstrained cars, going form saying some things some of a time to saying all things all of a time.”

You can strech Douglas A. Bolduc during dbolduc@crain.com.


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