Luminaire Technologies has deepened the relationship with Volvo Cars to develop and eventually sell an automated driving system for highways to other automakers. The partnership, announced on Thursday, is between Luminar and Volvo’s self-driving software subsidiary Zenseact.
The two companies are combining their technology, which Luminar founder and CEO Austin Russell describes as an “overall autonomous vehicle stack” built for production vehicles. Volvo will be the first customer. Russell and Janssiac CEO anddgärd Andersson said on Thursday that they plan to offer the system to other automakers as well.
It is worth noting how Luminaire and Xensect define highway autonomy. The system they are developing will allow hands-free, eye independent autonomous driving on highways. This means that the driver will be out of the loop, and will not expect to handle the vehicle. The transition between this level of autonomy and manual driving is a difficult one that has stopped automakers in the past.
Russell said in a webinar discussing the announcement, “This is going to be resolved in the next few years, it’s going to be available on vehicles you can start with Volvo and then expand outward Huh.”
The stack that will be given to other automakers is called Sentinel, which will integrate Luminar’s Iris LIDAR, Perception software and other components as a foundation, as well as Zencit’s OnePilot Autonomous Driving Software solution. The system is designed to handle highway autonomy and several safety measures so that the accident rate can be reduced by up to seven times to avoid collisions with degenerative maneuvers, according to ZenCact. The companies said the Sentinel product has the ability to be updated wirelessly or over-the-air to expand the operating domain of autonomy and improve the safety of vehicles over time.
Zenseact may not sound familiar, but its 550-person team has been working on ADAS and software for years. Volvo created Genesect after ending its joint venture with Weiner.
Luminaire and Xensect have noted that while extensive autonomous industries focus largely on robotica applications, they are focused on distributing the system to series production vehicles. LIDAR sensors are considered by many vehicle manufacturers and tech companies to be an essential piece of technology to safely roll out autonomous vehicles. As the deadline for deploying the commercial Robotaci fleet has expanded, automakers have turned to developing near-term tech for production vehicles.
“The whole point of autonomous driving technology is to reduce accidents and save lives. This alliance enables us to make that technology more widely accessible and thus even more effective, ”Anderson said in a statement.
It has been announced 10 months after Volvo’s announcement that it will begin producing vehicles equipped with Luminar’s Lidar in 2022 and has an assumption to deploy an automated driving system for highways. Volvo has stated that it will take full responsibility for the automated driving system.