BMW To Implement Cutting-Edge, Israeli LiDAR Sensor Tech For Self-Driving Vehicles
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Kfar Saba-based Innoviz Technologies announced last week that it will begin supplying German auto giant BMW Group with LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) remote sensing technology for its autonomous vehicle production. The partnership will run through Innoviz’s partner, global car parts supplier Magna International, which will be responsible for the integration of the technology to the BMW platform with Innoviz providing the LiDAR and computer vision software.
Innoviz Technologies CEO Omer Keilaf tells NoCamels that this partnership marks the first time an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) will take on LiDAR for a mass production project.
“This is [also] the first time a real autonomous platform is going to be sold to private people,” he adds.
“This is a big endorsement for us. BMW is a thought leader in premium cars,” Keilaf tells NoCamels. He added that BMW pushed to bring in Jerusalem-based company Mobileye, which develops sensors and advanced driver assistance systems and was sold to Intel in 2017 for $15.3 billion, for a partnership between the three and Delphi Automotive (now known as Aptiv) to co-develop an autonomous driving platform by 2021. Innoviz’s participation now makes the Israeli company a significant part of the effort.
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