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Luminar launches 3D mapping software program

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Luminar is launching 3D mapping software program constructed off know-how it acquired from Civil Maps. | Supply: Luminar

Luminar, an automotive know-how improvement firm, is increasing its software program choices to incorporate high-definition, 3D maps that replace robotically and are constructed from manufacturing automobiles additionally powered by Luminar software program and {hardware}.

Luminar is making use of the know-how it picked up within the second quarter of 2022, when it acquired Civil Maps, a developer of LiDAR maps for automotive makes use of. The corporate is demonstrating its new 3D mapping know-how platform at CES on Luminar-equipped automobiles which are roaming round Las Vegas.

Luminar already signed on its first mapping buyer, which the corporate didn’t identify. Luminar’s first mapping buyer will use the corporate’s information to additional enhance its AI engine. The client may also assist to enhance Luminar’s notion software program.

Luminar’s different choices embrace its Sentinal software program stack for client automobiles, which is made up of the corporate’s LiDAR-based Proactive Security {hardware} and software program product, in addition to its LiDAR-based Freeway Automation software program.

Two car fashions that includes Luminar’s software program are making their North American debut at CES this yr. The Volvo Ex90, an all-electric SUV that makes use of the corporate’s software program and {hardware} as commonplace on each car, is being proven within the US for the primary time. Luminar’s Iris LiDAR is built-in into the roof line of the car.

Moreover, SAIC’s Rising Auto R7, which began manufacturing in China final October, additionally makes use of Luminar’s know-how. SAIC is considered one of China’s largest automakers.

“2022 marked an inflection level for Luminar, as the primary of its variety to maneuver from R&D to manufacturing automobiles,” Austin Russell, founder and CEO of Luminar, stated. “Our huge wager on manufacturing client automobiles and enhancing, not changing, the motive force is beginning to repay huge time. I count on Luminar to make a sweeping impression in 2023 because the automotive business continues to converge with our roadmap.”


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