Volvo demonstrates advanced lidar concept for autonomous cars

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An advanced lidar technology for autonomous vehicles is being demonstrated by Volvo Cars, which offers new perception capabilities, including the ability to detect human poses and individual limbs.

Volvo Cars and Luminar, a startup in the development of core sensing technology for autonomous vehicles, brought the breakthrough technology to the Automobility LA tradeshow in Los Angeles, California, showing a level of detail not previously possible with a lidar sensor.

Its technology is able to detect limbs such as individual arms and legs, and it can detect objects at a range of up to 820ft (250m – much farther than current lidar technology.

The ongoing development of lidar technology, which uses pulsed laser signals to detect objects, is a crucial element in creating safe autonomous cars. It allows autonomous cars to navigate safely in complex traffic environments and at higher speeds by providing these cars with reliable long-range perception capabilities.

“Autonomous technology will take driving safely to a new level, beyond human limitations. This promise to improve safety is why Volvo Cars wants to be a leader in autonomous drive. Ultimately, the technology will also create new benefits for our customers and society as a whole,” said Henrik Green, senior vice president for Research and Development at Volvo Cars.

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