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Mercedes-Benz Signs Deal With LiDAR Firm for Next-Gen Automated Driving Systems

Mercedes-Benz has announced a new partnership with Luminar, and it is all about the next generation of automated driving systems. While everyone has heard of Mercedes-Benz, Luminar is a company that is known for its LiDAR technology.
Austin Russell (left), CEO and Founder of Luminar, together with Markus Schäfer (right), Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, Chief Technology Officer responsible for 14 photos
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As Mercedes-Benz notes, the partnership's role from their perspective will be to integrate and leverage the foundational LiDAR technology from Luminar into series production Mercedes-Benz vehicles. That is a different strategy when compared to Tesla's LiDAR-less approach. Mercedes-Benz representatives stated that they want their vehicle to have the most up-to-date technologies.

At this point, it is important to remember that Mercedes-Benz is the first automaker worldwide to secure an internationally valid system approval for conditionally automated driving, which is SAE Level 3 of automation, and it is still a milestone in automotive development.

The German company will enter the Drive Pilot automated driving system in its S-Class and EQS this year, and this is just the beginning. It is reasonable to expect to see the system become available as an option in more affordable models as they get updated through their mid-cycle refresh or new generation launches.

For Mercedes-Benz, this partnership targes the next generation of autonomous drive systems, which refers to technology that will reach production in three to five years.

The company has not specified a timeline for the deployment of the new technology, but this is just the start of the partnership, which may be expanded with other companies later.

Meanwhile, Luminar will be enabled by Mercedes-Benz with a data-driven development approach for continuous product improvement and updates. In other words, it means that Mercedes-Benz will help Luminar further improve its LiDAR technology, among other things.

In case the name Luminar sounds familiar, you should learn that you are not alone. The company from Orlando, Florida, has fitted the Dallara AV-21 with its Hydra LiDAR sensors. With the help of the respective 360-degree long-range sensing, the AV-21 racecar managed to compete in the world's first head-to-head race between self-driving vehicles.

Editor's note: For illustration purposes, the photo gallery also shows Mercedes-Benz' drive pilot system.

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