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Volvo to integrate Luminar's Iris lidar in 2022 production consumer vehicles

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May 11, 2020
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by Josh Kern
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The automaker says its SPA 2 modular vehicle architecture will have the option to include the lidar in certain vehicle configurations. A later software update will support autonomous highway driving in certain environments, in which drivers will not need to monitor the road, thanks to autonomy software from startup Zenuity. The approach is similar to Tesla's autopilot strategy, in which it delivers what it believes is the necessary hardware to support fully autonomous driving, offering software updates to gradually increase the level of autonomy. The price for the autonomy option is unclear at this point, but it has been previously reported that Iris will cost less than $1,000 at scale, which would make it feasible for many consumers.

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