Volvo to Roll-Out Roof Integrated LiDAR

Volvo plans to make its LiDAR sensor array a standard fixture on many future models by integrating it into its models’ roofline.

The Swedish automaker is partnering with sensor technology firm Luminar in a bid to advance its driverless technology throughout its next generation cars. Its SPA 2 modular vehicle architecture will be available as hardware-ready for autonomous drive from the start of production scheduled for 2022 with the Luminar LiDAR integrated into the roof.

Cars based on the new generation platform will be updated with software over-the air and, should customers opt for it, the Highway Pilot feature that claims handsfree autonomous highway driving depending on local regulations.

Beyond automated driving, the two companies are also exploring the use of LiDAR to improve future ADAS, with the potential for equipping all future SPA2-based cars with a LiDAR sensor as standard. These sensors are seen as vital in filling in the gaps of a vehicle’s perception left by the capabilities of camera and radar sensors.

As such the Highway Pilot feature combines with autonomous drive software and the cameras, radars and LiDAR sensors with back-up systems for functions such as steering, braking and battery power. Henrik Green, chief technology officer at Volvo, said: “Autonomous drive has the potential to be one of the most lifesaving technologies in history, if introduced responsibly and safely. Providing our future cars with the vision they require to make safe decisions is an important step in that direction.”

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

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