Mercedes-Benz mentioned on Thursday that it chosen America’s Luminar for the availability of lidar methods for use in its digital driver-assist methods and eventual full self-driving methods.
Mercedes has additionally acquired a small stake in Orlando, Florida-based Luminar, becoming a member of Volvo and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel as a fellow investor. Mercedes sister division Daimler Vehicles is additionally an investor in Luminar and plans to make use of the corporate’s lidar for future self-driving methods for semi-trailer vans.
Mercedes is buying its shares in Luminar in change for nameless knowledge gathered from the huge fleet of Mercedes vehicles across the globe. This knowledge can be utilized by Luminar to assist it develop its personal self-driving system, one able to dealing with street circumstances in a number of nations.
Mercedes-Benz Drive Pilot
Different firms utilizing Luminar know-how embody fellow automakers Audi, SAIC and Volvo, in addition to self-driving know-how firms Mobileye, Pony.ai and Zenseact.
The primary self-driving methods that allow true hands-off, eyes-off functionality at the moment are hitting the market. Honda launched a system for conditional freeway driving in Japan final yr, after getting regulatory approval in that nation. And Mercedes plans to launch a system, additionally for conditional freeway driving, later this yr. Mercedes’ system, referred to as Drive Pilot, has up to now solely been introduced for Germany.
Each methods rank at Degree 3 on the SAE scale of self-driving functionality, as a driver must be able to take again management at a second’s discover, which means there isn’t any likelihood to take a fast nap behind the wheel. BMW and Volvo have additionally introduced related methods however have not mentioned when they are going to be obtainable.