Aug. 21, 2017—Delphi Automotive has partnered with Innoviz Technologies, a leading Israeli-based company developing LiDAR technology for the mass commercialization of autonomous vehicles. Innoviz's proprietary LiDAR sensing solutions will be integrated into Delphi's systems to provide automakers with a comprehensive portfolio of autonomous driving technologies.
Dave Hobbs, a field instructor for Delphi, recently spoke with Ratchet+Wrench to discuss why shop owners, technicians and service advisors everywhere must understand advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) features, of which LiDAR systems are a major component. Shops that fall behind in learning about this technology will not only lose customers to dealerships and progressive shops—they’re going to put drivers in danger, Hobbs said.
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."