Comprehensive hardware-software architecture aims to enable Level 4 autonomy
Autonomous Vehicle Technology announces 2020 ACES Award Winner in Autonomy | Sensors category
After three years of stealth development, Luminar has entered the automotive and truck markets with a LiDAR sensing and perception platform called Iris. The company says it is the first sensing platform to exceed the performance, safety, cost, and auto-grade requirements needed to deliver SAE Level 3 and 4 autonomy to consumers. The Iris introduction comes just over a year after the company introduced its sensor for autonomous development fleets, and two years after the company first unveiled its LiDAR technology. The company claims it achieves a level of performance that was believed impossible using a radically new architecture that fundamentally changes the core sensing capabilities for self-driving vehicles, all while being scalable to the automotive industry, in just a few years. With over 40 issued patents and nearly 200 total filings for its innovations, Luminar has become widely known for its breakthrough tech, with camera-like high resolution and radar-like long range—even for hard-to-see dark objects like a black car or tire in the road—out to 250 m (820 ft). The Iris platform has a highly compressed form factor for easy integration into vehicles and starts at a sub $1000 pricing target in volume. The $20 billion ADAS market is also being targeted in alternative configurations for better, safer assisted driving (Level 2+) functionality at a sub $500 pricing target for larger programs. Luminar’s plans for production include financial help from Cornes, which is supporting expansion into Asia, and Corning, which is helping to build LiDAR windows and other optical components. Luminar says that 12 of the world’s top 15 OEMs are developing on Luminar’s sensing platform, including Toyota Research Institute, Volvo Cars, and AID. Iris is slated to launch on production vehicles beginning in 2022.
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