(Ap) – The first, highly automated, mass-market vehicles, consumers may go on sale as soon as 2022, if there is one or more of the automobile manufacturers and the hiring of a new sub-$500 lidar sensing package, developed by Silicon Valley-luminar.
FILE PHOTO: A Ford Fusion hybrid, a Level 4 autonomous vehicle, which is used by Ford Motor and Domino’s Pizza is testing a self-driving pizza delivery car is in Michigan, and will be shown at the North American International Auto Show at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan, United States of america, January 16, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook)
The costs of lidar and prices for the individual sensors, currently range from approximately $6,000 to over $100,000, is one of the major barriers to the broad deployment of self-driving vehicles, or commercial delivery, and a ” robo-taxi fleets, such as those being developed by the Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co., or in private vehicles is aimed at the consumer market.
Luminar has to be a low-cost lidar-based platform that bundles the hardware and the software is being tested by several car manufacturers according to the Austin-Russell, luminar’s chief executive officer and founder.
The new Iris system, which will be available in two versions, one that will provide you with ” hands-free “return to autonomy”, and is a less expensive version that will make it possible to create a number of automatic features such as automatic emergency steering and braking. The first one is designed to sell for less than $1,000 or by increased production volumes, while in the second one, which is intended to be connected to the manufacturers of’ advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), is expected to sell for less than $500, and Russell told Reuters.
Suppliers and manufacturers are increasingly becoming skeptical about the rate of adoption of fully-automated, self-driving systems, due to the high cost and complexity. In the meantime, they have begun to focus on the use of more ADAS functions, one of which parts is parts, but it costs a lot less and generate much-needed revenue to help cover the costs of the development of a fully self-driving systems.
Lidar-based ADAS “are more likely to be realised by the manufacturer (s) to be more easily implemented, would be a fully automated system, said Steve Lambright, vice president of marketing for lidar start AEye, that is, the development of the components for the two types of systems.
In the meantime, a long-predicted shakeout in the lidar industry has yet to emerge, as witnessed by a recent upturn in investments and m & a, even though the industry has yet to embrace a single lidar technique.
The israeli start-Innoviz, and supported by the supplier, Aptiv Plc Magna International, Inc., has just closed a Series C round of funding, and has raised a total of $252 million, more than any of its rivals, with the new money from SoftBank Ventures in Asia, a large number of Chinese investors.
As a new player, North Carolina, on the basis of the Sense of Photonics this week, culminating in a Series a round and brought in more than $43 million, and with the support of corporate investors Samsung Ventures, and Shell Ventures.
Aurora, one of Silicon Valley’s self-driving startup, backed by e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. and car maker Hyundai Motor Co., which was recently taken over by Montana, on the basis of the lidar-boot Blackmore.
Blackmore has been the development of the more expensive lidar technology is referred to as FMCW, as are start-ups in OUR Technology, which was founded by a former University of California, Berkeley, researchers, and the SiLC Technologies, which was founded by one of silicon photonics, a seasoned veteran.
FMCW components, it may cost more, but are the devices to use less power, and can be made compact, and, according to Mehdi Asghari, chief executive of the SiLC, which will add to it: “This stuff will end up going to the front lights, body colour door handles, or the body of the car.”
Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit and Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Lisa Shumaker