Volvo Claims Most Advanced LiDAR Tech

Volvo claims the LiDAR autonomous sensing technology it showcased at the LA Auto Show is the world’s most advanced system yet developed.

The carmaker, in league with LiDAR specialist Luminar, demonstrated a system that uses pulsed laser signals to detect objects. It claims the system will allow autonomous cars to navigate in complex traffic environments and at higher speeds by providing these cars with reliable long-range perception capabilities.

Further, developers claim it can 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.

Earlier this year, Volvo took a stake in Luminar through its newly formed Volvo Cars Tech Fund, an investment fund that targets high-potential technology start-ups. In September Volvo presented its 360c concept, a view of the future of travel that is autonomous, electric, connected and safe. It imagines four potential uses of autonomous driving vehicles – a sleeping environment, mobile office, living room and entertainment space. The 360c also introduces a proposal for a global standard in how autonomous vehicles can safely communicate with all other road users.

Henrik Green, senior vice-president for research and development at Volvo, said: “Autonomous technology will take driving safely to a new level, beyond human limitations. Ultimately, the technology will also create new benefits for our customers and society as a whole.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_




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