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Solid-State LiDAR: A Key Building Block for Self-Driving Cars

A major hurdle in the rollout of self-driving cars has been conventional LiDAR systems, with their massive spinning parts that often are perched on the roof of cars.

These old-school systems are bulky and expensive, with a single LiDAR easily costing more than the car it rides on. But without LiDAR, self-driving cars would have difficulty seeing the world around them.

Magna’s solid-state LiDAR, which is slated for launch on upcoming BMW vehicles, is a key component in the race to develop autonomous features and safe, self-driving vehicles. Magna is partnering with Innoviz Technologies to supply the BMW Group with solid-state LiDAR.

Our high-resolution LiDAR is a significant step forward because, with no moving parts, it will help provide sharper, better vision at a fraction of the size and cost of electromechanical LiDAR systems. In addition, Magna’s solid-state LiDAR will pave the way for the first self-driving cars that OEMs can mass-produce and that customers can actually afford.

Magna’s solid-state LiDAR will pave the way for the first self-driving cars that OEMs can mass-produce and that customers can actually afford.?

LiDAR, which is short for Light Detection and Ranging, was originally developed by NASA and the U.S. military 45 years ago to track lunar and satellite distances. By using laser light pulses, LiDAR systems can map their surroundings at the speed of light.

Early on, Magna recognized the critical need to integrate LiDAR into Advanced Driver Assistance Systems or ADAS in order to better visualize the ever-changing environments that vehicles are immersed in.

Our partnership with Innoviz Technologies is another example of how we act as a tech incubator for startups, as two companies join forces to benefit the future of mobility.

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