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Volvo, Luminar Partner to Bring LiDAR to Cars

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May 6, 2020—Volvo and tech firm Luminar are partnering to bring LiDAR to Volvo's next generation of cars, according to a Volvo press release.

Volvo Cars’ next generation SPA 2 modular vehicle architecture will be available as hardware-ready for autonomous drive from production start in 2022, with Luminar LiDAR  integrated into the roof.

Cars based on SPA 2 will be updated with software over the air and if customers decide to opt for it, the Highway Pilot feature that enables fully autonomous highway driving will be activated once it is verified to be safe for individual geographic locations and conditions, according to the release.

Luminar’s technology is based on its LiDAR sensors, which emit millions of pulses of laser light to accurately detect where objects are by scanning the environment in 3D, creating a temporary, real-time map without requiring internet connectivity.

LiDAR  provides autonomous cars with reliable vision and perception that cameras and radar alone cannot provide. 

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