Luminar Applied sciences has deepened ties with Volvo Automobiles to develop and ultimately promote an automatic driving system for highways to different automakers. The partnership, introduced Thursday, is between Luminar and Volvo’s self-driving software program subsidiary Zenseact.
The 2 corporations are combining their tech to create what Luminar founder and CEO Austin Russell described as a “holistic autonomous automobile stack” made for manufacturing automobiles. Volvo would be the first buyer. Russell and Zenseact CEO Ödgärd Andersson stated Thursday they plan to additionally supply this technique to different automakers.
It’s price noting how Luminar and Zenseact outline freeway autonomy. The system they’re growing would enable hands-free, eyes free autonomous driving on highways. Meaning the driving force can be out of the loop, and never anticipated to take over the automobile. The transition between this degree of autonomy and handbook driving is a tough one which has stumped automakers up to now.
“That is one thing that’s being solved for simply within the subsequent couple of years, this going to be accessible on automobiles you can purchase beginning with Volvo after which increasing outwards — that’s the excellence,” Russell stated in a webinar discussing the announcement.
The stack that can be provided to different automakers is known as Sentinel, which is able to combine Zenseact’s OnePilot autonomous driving software program resolution alongside Luminar’s Iris lidar, notion software program, and different elements as a basis. The system is designed to deal with freeway autonomy and quite a few security measures to proactively keep away from collisions with evasive maneuvers, lowering accident charges by as much as seven occasions, in keeping with Zenseact. The Sentinel product additionally has the aptitude of updating wirelessly, or over-the-air, to develop the working area of autonomy and additional enhance security of automobiles over time, the businesses stated.
Zenseact won’t sound acquainted, however its 550-person workforce has been engaged on ADAS and software program for years. Volvo created Zenseact after ending its three way partnership with Veoneer.
Luminar and Zenseact famous that whereas the broader autonomous business largely focuses on robotaxi purposes, they’re targeted on delivering techniques into sequence manufacturing automobiles. Lidar sensors are thought of by many automakers and tech corporations an important piece of know-how to securely roll out autonomous automobiles. Because the timeline to deploy business robotaxi fleets has expanded, automakers have turned again to growing nearer time period tech for manufacturing automobiles.
“The entire level of autonomous driving know-how is to scale back accidents and save lives. This alliance allows us collectively to make that know-how extra broadly accessible and thus much more impactful,” Andersson stated in an announcement.
The announcement comes about 10 months since Volvo introduced it could begin producing automobiles in 2022 geared up with Luminar’s lidar and a notion stack to deploy an automatic driving system for highways. Volvo has stated it can take full legal responsibility for the automated driving system.