Mercedes teams with Luminar on lidar sensor technology

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

The partnership with Luminar is intended to underline Mercedes-Benz’s approach to expanding its network of high-calibre technology partners and suppliers. The aim of the collaboration with Luminar is to further develop the US company’s current lidar technology so that these lidar sensors can be integrated into Mercedes-Benz’s vehicle series production. The aim is also to shorten development cycles and thus ensure the availability of the latest technologies for Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

“Luminar fits perfectly into our existing collaborations with leading and innovative technology companies,” says Markus Schäfer, CTO of Mercedes-Benz AG. “Mercedes-Benz has already reached an important milestone by achieving the SAE Level 3 standard in automated driving. Collaborations are a key part of our strategy.” 

As part of this partnership, Mercedes-Benz Luminar will enable continuous product improvements and updates with a data-driven development approach.

Just recently, Mercedes-Benz became the first automotive manufacturer in the world to receive an internationally valid system approval for highly automated driving (SAE Level 3) – a milestone in automotive development. The “Drive Pilot” highly automated driving system is to go into series production this year in the S-Class and the EQS. However, the lidar sensors for these models do not come from Luminar. Instead, Valeo supplies these components. Luminar, on the other hand, supplies its technology not only to Mercedes Benz, but also to Daimler Truck AG and Volvo. In addition, Luminar cooperates with Nvidia and Mobileye – so one can assume that their platforms for autonomous driving are equipped with Luminar lidars.

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