Luminar has unveiled its vision for the design and integration of autonomous technology and is set to be utilized in robo-taxis, trucks, and consumer cars. The Silicon Valley startup also showcased the first consumer vehicle fully integrated with their Iris LiDAR system, which is on-track for series production, starting in late 2022.
Luminar’s Blade will facilitate a new vehicle architecture that automakers can incorporate into vehicle development programs from the onset. In addition to unveiling Blade’s integrations with robo-taxi and trucking, Luminar also announced a creative collaboration with NewDealDesign, the San-Francisco-based design agency, on the concept.
Luminar unveiled two Blade designs tailored to the unique needs of robo-taxis and trucks. Both concepts integrate the Iris LiDAR into the roofline of the vehicle, creating an autonomous “blade.”
The robo-taxi design sees this ‘blade’ placed on the crown of the vehicle, incorporating four LiDAR sensors to enable coverage around the vehicle. In addition to operating as a vehicle for a ride-hailing service, Luminar’s robo-taxi has also been built for ridesharing operations. The truck design takes more compact approach, integrating three LiDAR sensors to enable long-range sensing in all directions. In addition to this configuration operating standalone, it can be retrofitted onto existing Class 8 trucks. These new designs give Luminar’s partners a way to incorporate the start-up’s technology into their future vehicles. Luminar have not yet confirmed a production or release date for either Blade design.