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Volvo to Install Laser Sensors on New Cars


While lidar systems are common in self-driving vehicles, few carmakers have installed them into regular road cars, in part because of the cost.

Credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Volvo Cars will soon become the first automaker to install laser-based sensors across its entire fleet.

The LiDAR sensor to be included with the upcoming electric version of its XC90 sport utility vehicle, dubbed the EX90, could reduce collisions by 9% and accidents with injuries or fatalities by 20%, according to Volvo CEO Jim Rowan.

Rowan said the sensor from Luminar can see "a black tire on a black road at 120 meters ahead, or a pedestrian at 250 meters."

He added that Volvo plans to include similar LiDAR sensors in all future models.

Mercedes-Benz and BMW are among other automakers with plans to roll out LiDAR sensors in their vehicles.

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