Delphi Automotive has signed a partnership agreement with Innoviz Technologies, a company developing LiDAR technology with a view to the mass commercialization of autonomous vehicles. Under the terms of the deal, Israeli-based Innoviz’s proprietary LiDAR sensing solutions will be integrated into Delphi’s autonomous driving technologies.
Innoviz LiDAR technology is solid-state, a feature the company says can provide long-range scanning performance and excellent 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’s SVP and CTO. “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.”
To further support the commercial partnership, Delphi has also made a minority investment in Innnoviz.