Luminar and Plus partner on assisted driving software for trucking

Luminar, a leading global automotive technology company, and Plus, a global provider of highly automated driving and fully autonomous driving solutions, have announced a partnership to advance highly automated driving and safety systems for commercial vehicle manufacturers.

Under the agreement, Luminar will be the exclusive provider of mid- to long-range lidar for PlusDrive, Plus’s factory-installed assisted driving system for commercial vehicles.

In parallel, Plus will be the exclusive third-party provider of AI-based enhanced driver assist software for Luminar’s solution for commercial vehicle OEMs.

“Trucking is a key emerging market for Luminar, and the same products and technology we’ve successfully executed on for our production consumer vehicle programmes are beginning to be deployed on commercial vehicles as well,” said Luminar founder and CEO Austin Russell. “We see Plus as a new strategic partner for us to enable enhanced safety and autonomous capabilities for production commercial vehicles at even greater scale, in light of their commercial success with some of the largest companies in the industry.”

Luminar’s Iris lidar is a first-of-its kind, automotive grade-sensing solution that enables high-performance, long-range detections.

In addition to production consumer vehicles, Iris uniquely meets the stringent performance, robustness and reliability requirements for class 8 commercial trucks. Ultra long-range visibility is critical for trucking for both safety and comfort, and Luminar’s lidar is capable of seeing as far as 600 metres ahead, according to the company. This represents as much as 20 seconds of visibility ahead at highway speeds to ensure even fully-loaded trucks can smoothly come to a safe stop when required. This provides a step-function improvement for ADAS systems while enabling the necessary foundation for fully autonomous driving, it added

“The partnership between Luminar and Plus unlocks the tremendous business value of next-generation safety and highly automated driving systems for vehicle manufacturers and fleets alike. Luminar will enable PlusDrive to achieve new heights in sensing at further distances and at highway speeds. This will enable the scalable commercialisation of driver-in technology today and accelerate our customers’ path to full autonomy tomorrow,” said David Liu, CEO and co-founder at Plus.

Plus and Luminar will also aim to collaborate on Luminar’s commercial vehicle insurance program, high definition mapping, and trucking sensor integration called Blade