Delphi teams up with Innoviz to expand self-driving technologies
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Delphi Automotive PLC announced it has signed a commercial partnership agreement with Innoviz Technologies, a leading Israeli-based company developing LiDAR technology for the mass commercialization of autonomous vehicles. LiDAR, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging, is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure variable distances.
Innoviz's proprietary LiDAR sensing solutions will be integrated into Delphi's systems to provide automakers with a comprehensive portfolio of autonomous driving technologies. Innoviz LiDAR technology utilizes a solid-state design to provide longer-range scanning performance and superior object detection and accuracy capabilities.
Long range LiDAR is critical for enabling Level 3 and Level 4 autonomous vehicles to travel at high speeds, as these vehicles will need to identify objects at far distances and in great detail in order to operate safely.
"Along with radar and vision technology, LiDAR is an essential component to Delphi's automated driving perception suite," said Glen De Vos, Delphi Automotive senior vice president and chief technology officer. "Innoviz is developing a product that provides a high performance intelligent sensing solution to help advance automated driving technology."
"Delphi shares our vision for making vehicles smarter and safer," said Omer Keilaf, co-founder and CEO of Innoviz. "By challenging the conventions of LiDAR design, we were able to develop a LiDAR solution that delivers superior performance at a reasonable price and in a much smaller footprint – three factors that are required to help autonomous driving achieve mass commercialization."
To further support the commercial partnership, Delphi said it has also made a minority investment in Innoviz, but no financial terms were disclosed.