Lucid adds LIDAR sensor to DreamDrive ADAS to help drivers get to destination safely

Lucid adds LIDAR sensor to DreamDrive ADAS to help drivers get to destination safely

Lucid Group, an American electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer headquartered in Newark area of California, has officially announced that its proprietary DreamDrive advanced driver assistance (ADAS) platform comes packed with a solid-state LIDAR sensor to help drivers get to their destination safely.

DreamDrive ADAS comes loaded with a total of thirty-two on-board sensors, cameras and radars, including the first automotive LIDAR sensor in North America. Additionally, it has a multi-faceted driver-monitoring system and a quick on-board ethernet networking. A high-speed data network called the Ethernet Ring also plays a vital role in it.

The aforementioned hardware powers nearly three dozen driver assistance features, including collision avoidance, Auto Park, Highway Assist, and Traffic Jam Assist. The most advanced version of DreamDrive, dubbed DreamDrive Pro, will offer additional computing and sensor hardware to add new features via over-the-air (OTA) software updates.

The list of new major new functions that DreamDrive Pro will enable includes Highway Pilot offering conditional hands-free driving capability. It will be standard on a few Lucid EVs, such as the Air Dream Edition and Lucid Air Grand Touring. Other Lucid Air models will get it as optional.

The EV manufacturer thanks its highly integrated hardware and software teams that worked hard to develop and add new functionality to DreamDrive Pro. Senior Director Dr. Eugene Lee of ADAS and Autonomous Driving at Lucid Motors said that addition of a solid-state LIDAR sensor to DreamDrive’s fourteen visible-light cameras, five radar units, four surround view cameras would deliver high-resolution data with an ultra-wide field of view.

Speaking on the topic, Dr. Lee said, “In addition to DreamDrive’s 14 visible-light cameras, five radar units, four surround view cameras, and ultrasonic sensors throughout the vehicle exterior, the more advanced DreamDrive Pro also packs a solid-state LIDAR sensor delivering high-resolution data with an ultra-wide field of view.”

According to the company’s claims, the addition of the new sensors to DreamDrive will enable it detect what a human driver can’t. It acts as an invisible co-pilot to help drivers reach their destinations safely.

To ensure the driver remains attentive, DreamDrive makes use of an infrared driver camera to track the driver’s head position, eye gaze, and even blinking. In case the driver fails to respond in case of an emergency, the innovative system slows down, activate emergency brakes to bring it to complete halt, emit a high-pitched beep, and unlock the doors to allow emergency responders to easily access the occupants.

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