Stellantis has announced that Valeo’s third-generation LiDAR, called SCALA 3, will be equipped in multiple models of its different automotive brands from 2024. SCALA 3 will enable Stellantis’ vehicles to be certified for SAE Level 3 autonomy, which will allow drivers to safely remove their hands from the steering wheel while the car continues to operate.

Valeo’s third-generation LiDAR is capable of identifying objects more than 150 meters ahead, including small objects with very low reflectivity such as a tire lying in the road. It recreates a 3D image of the vehicle’s surroundings using a point cloud, can map the ground topology, and detect road markings.

Based on AI algorithms, the LiDAR’s embedded high performance software enables it to steer the vehicle’s trajectory, anticipating obstacle-free zones on the road ahead. It can self-diagnose and trigger its cleaning system upon detecting that its field of vision is obstructed. Valeo also confirmed that its new sensor is operable in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures, from -40°C up to +85°C.

Through both the partnership and SCALA 3 itself, Valeo’s aims to enhance road safety and give time back to the driver in certain driving situations, when traveling at low or medium speed in heavy traffic for example. These challenges will be a core aspect of the supplier’s collaboration with Stellantis. Stellantis customers themselves will be able to benefit from new services enabled by the LiDAR’s data collection capabilities.