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Delphi Automotive Partners With Innoviz Technologies on LiDAR for Autonomous Cars

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【Summary】Delphi Automotive announced today that it is partnering with and taking a minority stake in Israeli lidar-maker Innoviz Technologies on longer-range sensing LiDAR for Level 3 and higher autonomous driving capabilities.

Original Eric Walz    Aug 18, 2017 11:40 AM PT
Delphi Automotive Partners With Innoviz Technologies on LiDAR for Autonomous Cars

GILLINGHAM, England and KFAR SABA, Israel, Aug. 18, 2017 -- Delphi Automotive (NYSE: DLPH) announced today that it is partnering with and taking a minority stake in Israeli lidar-maker Innoviz Technologies.

The global automotive supplier said Friday the commercial partnership will help it achieve longer-range sensing for Level 3 and higher autonomous driving capabilities. Delphi declined to disclose the amount of the investment.

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."

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Innoviz was founded two years ago by former members of the Israeli Defense Forces. The sensor-maker specializes in solid-state lidar, meaning it has no moving parts and can scan the environment surrounding the vehicle without requiring a spinning component.

In a meeting with reporters, Delphi Chief Technology Officer Glen De Vos said the company will continue to work with solid-state lidar-maker Quanergy, as a diverse sensor suite will be necessary for automated driving. Delphi bought an undisclosed stake in Quanergy in 2015.

"Ultimately, we need solid-state lidar for OEM production," De Vos said. "We need a couple different types of lidar for the system to work."

He added that the combination of lidar, radar and cameras creates the highest level of confidence in the vehicle accurately perceiving its environment. De Vos estimated that the supplier will achieve a production-level sensor suite by 2020.

"We want to make sure we have access to what we think are all the best technologies," he said.

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