The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has unveiled its newest autonomous test vehicle, Platform 2.1, featuring Luminar’s sensing technology. Since coming out of stealth last April, Luminar has scaled up its partnerships with a select few companies – TRI being the first to deeply integrate the new sensing platform.
Luminar’s LiDAR delivers greater resolution than current sensors and the ability to see dark objects, such as a tire (10% reflectivity) at over 200 meters, compared to less than 40 meters. The sensor is also the first to allow resolution to be concentrated where it’s needed most, in real time, enabling the car to clearly see and recognize cars, people, and objects, even at distance.
Luminar has a new approach, it has built all major components in its system from the ground up: lasers, receivers, scanning mechanisms and processing electronics. The architecture requires only a single laser, single receiver, and ultra-fast scanner to collect millions of points of information in the environment from just a fraction of the components used in today’s LiDAR systems