Next Generation Volvo Cars To Be Powered By Luminar LiDAR Technology For Safe Self-Driving
Volvo Cars is renowned for its advanced automotive safety and is setting new safety and technology standards by partnering with Silicon Valley based tech firm Luminar. The partnership will deliver Volvo's first fully self-driving technology for highways, and will provide industry leading LiDAR and perception technology for Volvo's next generation.
Production will begin in 2022 and the next generation SPA 2 modular vehicle architecture from Volvo Cars will be hardware-ready for autonomous driving. The Luminar LiDAR technology will seamlessly be integrated into the roof.
Henrik Green, chief technology officer at Volvo Cars comments; "Autonomous drive has the potential to be one of the most lifesaving technologies in the history, if introduced responsibly and safely. Providing our future cars with the vision they require to make safe decisions is an important step in that direction."
The technology will include a Highway Pilot feature that enables fully autonomous highway driving, which will be activated once it has been verified safe for individual geographic locations and conditions.
What's more, Volvo Cars and Luminar are also exploring how LiDAR's technology can improve driving assistance systems for the future, with the potential that all future SPA-2 based cars will come with a LiDAR sensor as standard.
LiDAR technology uses high performance LiDAR sensors, which emit millions of pulses of laser light to accurately detect objects and scan the environment in 3D, creating a temporary, real-time map without the need of an internet connection. The Highway Pilot features, uses Luminar's perception technology which can be combined with autonomous drive software. Using cameras, radars and back-up system for steering, braking and battery power, Volvo drivers will have access to a safe, fully self-driving feature for highways.
"Soon, your Volvo will be able to drive autonomously on highways when the car determines it is safe to do so. At that point, your Volvo takes responsibility for the driving and you can relax, take your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel. Over time, updates over the air will expand the areas in which the car can drive itself. For us, a safe introduction of autonomy is a gradual introduction," comments Henrik Green.
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