Luminar’s cheap LiDAR could be a big boost for autonomous vehicles

LiDAR (laser pulse-based radar) is an essential component of autonomous driving, as it’s what vehicles use to detect obstacles like other cars or pedestrians in order to navigate around them. But LiDAR systems aren’t cheap. Now, autonomous vehicle sensor and software company Luminar has announced a new platform which will be a lower-priced alternative to current LiDAR systems…

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