SAIC Motor to use Luminar sensors in high-tech line of vehicles


Luminar co-founder and CEO Austin Russell says it is “absolutely incredible” and “totally surreal” to become a billionaire at 25. And he did it even though Elon Musk calls the core lidar sensing technology used by Luminar, a “freaking stupid” solution for autonomous driving.

Source: Luminar

One of China’s largest automakers, SAIC Motor, plans to use lidar sensors and software made by Luminar Technologies to enable autonomous capabilities in a new “R brand” line of vehicles, the companies announced Thursday.

Luminar’s lidar sensors work by bouncing laser beams off the surfaces and objects around a vehicle, then rapidly generating a 3D point map that a vehicle’s on-board computers can read….


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