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Future Volvo and Polestar vehicles will incorporate Luminar's lidar technology

To enable safe and intelligent passenger cars on the road, Luminar will integrate its Iris lidar technology into two new electric SUVs.

James Davis

The next electric SUV Volvo EX90 passenger vehicle will come equipped as standard with Luminar's Iris lidar technology, according to Volvo CEO Jim Rowan in a recent lecture. This will be Luminar's first global launch of a passenger vehicle using its technology.

This means that a long-range, automotive grade lidar will be effortlessly integrated into a global production vehicle for the first time to enable a safe and intelligent passenger car on the road.

A partnership between the two firms that began in 2016 led to the lidar integration, and by 2020, such partnership was signed to include Iris, Luminar's series production technology, into Volvo's upcoming models.

The Luminar technology became standard on the new Volvo EX90, which will be unveiled in November, thanks to a move made by Volvo Cars last year.

Image: New Volvo EX90 electric SUV

Software and sensors are used to ensure safety

Rowan emphasised the value of increasing safety through the integration of lidar technology in that same lecture, citing business research that demonstrates how Volvo's software and sensors may minimize accidents that result in serious damage or death by up to 20%.

Furthermore, according to Volvo, the aforementioned technology can enhance total crash avoidance by up to 9%, which over time might prevent millions of incidents. In order to increase safety, sensors that track the car's surroundings and create a 360-degree image are also used to track the interior.

The EX90 can detect whether a motorist is inattentive or distracted thanks to specialized sensors and cameras that use algorithms that were developed in-house.

The technology and bespoke sensors connected to the roofline of Luminar's vehicles enable its lidar to detect the road in front of a moving car at highway speeds both during the day and at night.

These can notice tiny objects hundreds of meters away, giving you more time to prepare, take action, and avert an accident. In Volvo's EX90, a fully electric SUV, Luminar's lidar sensors will work in conjunction with five radars, eight cameras, and sixteen ultrasonic sensors to provide high vision and perception reliability.

The Swedish automaker Polestar also unveiled its Polestar 3 electric performance SUV, which will feature Luminar lidar technology to enhance safety, at the same time as Volvo Cars made their official announcement. To enable a variety of cutting-edge safety features, Polestar 3 comes equipped with a total of five radar modules, five external cameras, and twelve external ultrasonic sensors.

Improving 3D scanning of the area around an automobile

In the second quarter of 2023, Polestar will begin taking orders for their optional Pilot Pack with Luminar lidar, which will include an additional NVIDIA control unit: In order to provide accurate real-time data on the car's surrounds, particularly in the long-range area, the vehicle has three cameras, four ultrasonic sensors, and cleaning for the front- and rear-view cameras.

This makes it possible to more thoroughly scan the environment around the automobile in 3D and helps the vehicle become ready for autonomous driving. The NVIDIA DRIVE core computer, which runs Volvo Cars' software, is a first-for-Polestar feature in the Polestar 3 automobile.

The enhanced driving-assistance safety features and driver monitoring are made possible by NVIDIA's high-performance automotive platform, which acts as the AI brain and interprets data from the vehicle's numerous sensors and cameras.

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Luminar’s lidar technology will be integrated in upcoming Volvo and Polestar vehicles
In a recent keynote, Volvo CEO Jim Rowan announced that the upcoming electric SUV Volvo EX90 passenger vehicle will include Luminar’s Iris lidar technology as standard. For Luminar, this will ma
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