Volvo Teams Up With Luminar & Zenseact For New E-SUV

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Volvo Teams Up With Luminar & Zenseact For New E-SUV
Volvo Teams Up With Luminar & Zenseact For New E-SUV

CES 2022 : Volvo New SUV Revealed

Volvo has teamed up with Luminar, a leading LiDAR manufacturer, and Zenseact, a startup in which The automaker owns a significant stake, to develop a new electric SUV that will include a new feature dubbed Ride Pilot for autonomous driving. Volvo has teamed up with Luminar, a leading LiDAR manufacturer, and Zenseact, a startup in which Volvo owns a significant stake, to develop a new electric SUV that will include a new feature dubbed Ride Pilot for autonomous driving. Both these companies are also collaborating on a new truck-based Blade LiDAR system. Volvo and Luminar are careful to emphasise out that this is a full autonomous vehicle that goes beyond level 4, not ADAS, which Tesla has been marketing as self-driving.

Official Statement

CES 2022 : Volvo New SUV Revealed

In an interview, Martin Kristensson, Volvo’s VP of digital business, said “The key thing here with Ride Pilot is that it’s actually self-driving.” He further elaborated, “You don’t have to keep your hands on the steering wheel. You don’t have to look at the road ahead. You can actually eat your breakfast in the car or read a book or watch a movie and the car will drive itself. We will take liability when the car is driving itself. So I think that in that sense, it is an offer that doesn’t exist in the market today.”

Future Plans

CES 2022 : Volvo New SUV Revealed

Ride Pilot will go through extensive testing and validation before becoming a regular feature on the hardware side of its vehicles, similar to seatbelts. The software, on the other hand, will be a subscription service that will collect autonomous data from the car and improve the system for the entire fleet through the cloud. Initially, plans call for a deployment in California, but Zenseact is conducting testing in Sweden.

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Price And Launch

While additional information about the electric car will be released later, Volvo executives believe it will be priced similarly to the XC90 premium SUV, which starts at $50,000. Luminar uses its Iris LiDAR on this new EV, which will be mounted like a cyclops immediately above the main windshield. There will also be five radars, eight cameras, and sixteen ultrasonic sensors on board. The new vehicle will be based on the Concept Recharge, a coupe-like SUV. Volvo’s entire stack is intriguing, since its EVs will now be driven by Google’s Android Automotive OS, will use Nvidia’s Orin autonomous CPUs, will use Luminar’s LiDAR, and will use Zenseact’s self-driving software. In reality, NorthVolt, a European battery manufacturer, will supply the batteries for this new EV.

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