Mercedes-Benz Teams up With Luminar on Self-Driving Tech

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The Mercedes-Benz logo is pictured astatine  the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) successful  Frankfurt, Germany connected  Sept. 10, 2019. (Ralph Orlowski/Reuters File Photo)

The Mercedes-Benz logo is pictured astatine the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) successful Frankfurt, Germany connected Sept. 10, 2019. (Ralph Orlowski/Reuters File Photo)

San Francisco—Luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz volition spouse with self-driving sensor shaper Luminar Technologies Inc to alteration afloat automated driving connected highways for its next-generation vehicles, Luminar’s laminitis said.

Automakers from Tesla to GM and Volvo person acceptable their eyes connected introducing autonomous vehicles, though regulatory and technological challenges remain.

Tech firms specified arsenic Alphabet’s Waymo and Cruise besides are processing self-driving taxis oregon trucks for commercialized usage specified arsenic ride-hailing and transportation services.

Vehicle autonomy “is truly going mainstream with Mercedes,” Luminar CEO Austin Russell told Reuters, without disclosing a timeframe for putting the exertion successful Mercedes’ vehicles.

He said the 2 would make “true” autonomy capabilities, including improved information capabilities specified arsenic automatic braking.

General Motors Co is moving with its majority-owned Cruise self-driving portion to present a idiosyncratic autonomous conveyance by arsenic aboriginal arsenic mid-decade, Chief Executive Mary Barra said this month.

“If you privation to beryllium capable to get to genuinely autonomous capabilities successful a user vehicle, and you person to industrialize hardware, software, each of these systems that travel into play. That by the way, is wholly antithetic than the enactment that the robo-taxi companies person been moving on,” Russell said.

He said it is simply a situation to mass-produce lidars and marque definite they are robust capable to conscionable stringent requirements from automakers.

“It is simply a wholly antithetic benignant of concern of going from a subject and exertion concern to automotive corporation.”

Lidars, which usage laser airy pulses to measurement the region betwixt the sensor and the people object, are wide seen arsenic indispensable to achieving afloat autonomous driving. But Tesla has shunned the sensor, saying it is costly and unnecessary.

Volvo Cars and Luminar said earlier this period that they volition enactment a hands-free driving strategy successful an upcoming electrical athletics inferior vehicle.

By Hyunjoo Jin

Reuters

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