Does Tesla Test LiDAR?

Luminar, a company which develops LiDAR for ADAS and autonomous driving, hasreported that Tesla is testing Luminar’s LiDAR sensors on its Model Y electric vehicles.

This is interesting. Tesla relies on a camera-based system for its autonomous-driving system, with CEO Elon Musk previously dismissing the use of LiDAR sensors. But, being the world’s most valuable auto company, Tesla testing out LiDAR might appear positive for an emerging company, and it probably needs to be observed long terms about Tesla’s sensor strategies.

Since Tesla has equipped camera hardware as a standard configuration in every vehicle since 2016, the company might use LiDAR to be a benchmark against its own camera-based system.

But, it is believed that LiDAR will be consistently implemented in vehicles, with the advantages including long sensing distance, 3D capability, high resolution and accuracy, and the ability of working in dark.


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