Volvo, Luminar show massive improvements in lidar technology

November 27, 2018 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
At the Automobility LA trade show in Los Angeles, Volvo and Luminar highlight the enormous progress lidar technology has made. Along with highly advanced perception capabilities, their developments mark a significant step towards autonomous driving.

The ongoing development of lidar technology, which uses pulsed laser signals to detect objects, is a crucial element in creating safe autonomous cars. It allows autonomous cars to navigate safely in complex traffic environments and at higher speeds by providing these cars with reliable long-range perception capabilities.

Technologies such as lidar can help carmakers such as Volvo to make its vision for autonomous travel, 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 and its partners work towards a safe introduction of fully autonomous cars.

The new perception capabilities 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, much further than any lidar technology currently available.


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