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Reviews Lidar-Maker Luminar Gets Backing from Volvo

11:01  16 june  2018
11:01  16 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Volvo will invest an unspecified amount in lidar maker Luminar . The Germans may be getting ready to outfit their upcoming fleet of autonomous cars with new sensors. Read now. Related.

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Luminar, one of the top companies developing lidar sensors for self-driving cars, has a new ally. Volvo will invest in the company, and Luminar will help develop sensor technology for the Swedish automaker's in-house self-driving car program.

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Volvo today announced that it’s moving the effort up a gear through a new collaboration with Luminar Technologies Inc., an emerging maker of LIDAR hardware. LIDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging .

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Lidar is similar in principal to radar, but bounces light instead of radio waves off nearby objects to determine their distance. Along with radar and cameras, lidar is generally considered to be one of the three essential sensor types needed to make self-driving cars work. Luminar is one of the largest lidar manufacturers. The company recently opened a Florida factory it claims can churn out 5,000 units per quarter.

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Luminar announced its newest LIDAR unit that can help self-driving cars see farther and better. Until recently, the only company that made reliable LIDAR , the laser sensor that sends millions of laser points out per second and measures how long they take to bounce back , was Velodyne.

The wizards in lidar tech at Luminar are doubling down on the practical side of autonomous car deployment with a partnership with and investment from Volvo That doesn’t mean they get a seat on the board or anything — it’s purely a financial play, Luminar ’s founder and CEO Austin Russell told me.

Volvo did not say how much it will investment in Luminar, but said the investment will be carried out through its Volvo Cars Tech Fund. Launched earlier this year, the fund was developed specifically for investments in tech startups, focusing on areas like artificial intelligence, electrification, autonomous driving, and digital services.

Alongside the Volvo partnership, Luminar announced a significant expansion in scope. The company wants to go from merely making sensors to making the perception systems that allow self-driving cars to interpret the data from sensors. It's similar to how Intel-owned Mobileye provides image-recognition software along with its cameras. Over the past year, Luminar said it has developed "data infrastructure, labelling, and annotation tools" to process data gleaned from its lidar sensors.

Luminar claims to have four automaker partners. In September 2017, the Toyota Research Institute announced that it would use Luminar sensors in its prototype autonomous cars. The other two partners haven't publicly announced their collaborations with Luminar.

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