Innoviz announces cheaper and higher-performing lidar for L2+ automated vehicles

October 16, 2020
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by Josh Kern
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The lidar startup previously won a contract to supply BMW with its InnovizOne for the carmaker's first L3 autonomous vehicle, slated to begin production in 2021. The startup claims the new lidar, InnovizTwo, will be cheap enough to include in vehicles with L2 autonomy, a class of autonomous vehicles that includes features like lane change assist and traffic jam assist. This development could mean that lidar technology will start to make its way into nonluxury vehicles, which aren't expected to make the leap to L3 autonomy for at least a few more years. If lidars are included, vehicles sold as L2+ could potentially be software-upgraded to higher levels of autonomy in the future, opening new business models for vehicle manufacturers.

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