When we covered news of an interesting test ride in the Lucid Motors Air prototype a few weeks ago, we noted that the experience included a short demonstration of the vehicle’s self-driving capabilities. Given the way things are headed in the auto industry, the company understandably seems to be aware that self-driving features will be an expected component in luxury offerings within only a few years.
Not much was revealed about the self-driving capabilities at the time though. A new press release, though, has revealed that the company will apparently be provided some self-driving vehicle tech by the firm Mobileye, which used to be a key supplier for Tesla, until somethink split them up following the 1st Autopilot death earlier this year.
The press release provides more: “Lucid will launch its first car, the Lucid Air, with a complete sensor set for autonomous driving from day one, including camera, radar and lidar sensors. Mobileye was chosen to provide the primary compute platform, full 8-camera surround view processing, sensor fusion software, Road Experience Management (REM) crowd-based localization capability, and reinforcement learning algorithms for Driving Policy. These technologies will enable a full Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) suite at launch, and then enable a logical and safe transition to autonomous driving functionality through over-the-air software updates.”
Continuing: “Mobileye is expected to provide a dual set of EyeQ4 system-on-chips. The chipset will process a full 8-camera surround view system, providing full 360-degree visual perception. Consistent with other Mobileye programs, the camera set includes a forward-facing trifocal-lensed camera and an additional 5 cameras surrounding the vehicle.”
Mobileye will also be providing sensor fusion software to integrate radar, lidar, and camera set data — “in order to build the critical environmental model necessary to facilitate autonomous driving,” according to the press release.
For more information on the vehicle that this tech will be implemented in, the Lucid Motors Air, see: