Luminar, Plus join forces for L2++ truck technology platform

Luminar, Plus join forces for L2++ truck technology platform

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

Lidar sensor manufacturer Luminar and assistance system provider Plus plan to jointly develop highly automated driving and safety systems for commercial vehicle manufacturers in the future. Under the agreement, Luminar will become the exclusive supplier of medium- to long-range lidar systems; the lidars will be used in Plus’ assisted driving system for trucks, Plus Drive.

In addition to the Plus Drive deal, Plus will distribute AI-based driver assistance software for Luminar’s solution for commercial vehicle OEMs. This sales channel will also be exclusive.

According to the manufacturer, Luminar’s “Iris Lidar” is the first automotive-grade sensor solution that combines high-performance detection with long range. Iris not only meets the stringent performance, robustness and reliability requirements of Class 8 commercial vehicles, but also production passenger cars. The long range of a lidar sensor is critical in trucking for both safety and convenience. Luminar’s lidar can see up to 600 meters ahead. This visibility is equivalent to the range a truck travels in about 20 seconds at highway speeds, so even fully loaded trucks can come to a stop in time if an obstacle is located. This represents an incremental functional improvement for ADAS systems, while providing the necessary foundation for fully autonomous driving.

“The partnership between Luminar and Plus unlocks the high business value of next-generation safety and highly automated driving systems for vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators alike. Luminar will enable PlusDrive to set new standards in longer distance and highway speed detection. This will enable scalable commercialization of driver-in technology and accelerate our customers’ path to tomorrow’s full autonomy,” said David Liu, CEO and co-founder of Plus.

PlusDrive, Plus’ L2++ solution that enables monitored autonomous driving, is already commercially available and used by some of the world’s largest carriers to transport freight, according to Luminar. The platform uses components such as lidar, radar and cameras for 360-degree environment detection and to see hundreds of meters ahead. The AI-based software processes the data, predicts the behavior of surrounding vehicles and maneuvers the vehicle safely. It automatically handles stop-and-go traffic, lane changes, merging lanes, swerving alongside an oversized vehicle, and maintaining lane centerline while the driver continuously monitors the system. New driving features can be added on an ongoing basis via software updates, which occur over the air interface.

Both partners are also looking to collaborate on high-resolution maps and the integration of truck sensors.

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