Volvo Cars and Luminar (a leading start-up in the development of core sensing technology for autonomous vehicles) showcased the most advanced LiDAR sensor and perception capabilities at the 2018 Automobility LA trade show in Los Angeles. The company said the ongoing development of the LiDAR technology, which uses pulsed laser signals to detect objects, is a crucial element in creating safe autonomous cars. This technology enables autonomous cars to navigate safely in complex traffic environments and at higher speeds by providing these cars with reliable long-range perception capabilities, the company noted.
Volvo Cars stated that the LiDAR technology can help to make its autonomous travel vision, as showcased in the Volvo 360c concept earlier this year, a reality. The development of advanced LiDAR technology and perception capabilities is one of many ways in which Volvo Cars and its partners work towards a safe introduction of fully autonomous cars.
The new perception capabilities are being developed by Luminar in partnership with Volvo Cars make it possible for the system to detect human poses, including individual limbs such as arms and legs – a level of detail not previously possible with this type of sensor. The new technology is also able to detect objects at a range of up to 250 meters, a much farther range than any LiDAR technology currently available.
Henrik Green, Senior Vice President for Research and Development, Volvo Cars, said the autonomous technology will take driving safety to a new level, beyond human limitations. He added that the technology will also create new benefits for its customers and society as a whole and Luminar shares its ambition in making those benefits a reality.
Austin Russell, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Luminar, said the Volvo Cars R&D team is moving at an impressive pace to solve some of the most advanced problems in the development of autonomous driving.
It may be recalled that Volvo Cars earlier this year, picked up a stake in Luminar via the Volvo Cars Tech Fund, an investment fund that targets high-potential technology start-ups.