Lucid to Use Lidar in Its DreamDrive Advanced Driver Assistance System
The Arizona-based EV startup says the system will use 32 sensors and driver monitoring for safe operation
Lucid Motors, a new luxury electric vehicle manufacturer poised to launch its first model, announced further details today about DreamDrive, its advanced driver assistance system. The company said in a YouTube presentation that DreamDrive will use an array of up to 32 sensors—including short- and long-range radar, cameras, ultrasonic, and what it says is the first use of LIDAR in North America on a production car—to provide active driving assistance, such as lane centering and adaptive cruise control.
DreamDrive also will include driver monitoring, with the system alerting the driver whose eyes wander from the road ahead. (Lucid has not yet shared details about how the driver monitoring system will work.)
Tying all these parts together will be what Lucid calls an “ethernet ring,” which will provide lightning-fast, redundant communication links between the vehicle’s sensors and its steering, braking, and other systems.
Calling its system “future proof,” Lucid promised that the vehicle is fully equipped physically for future autonomous driving updates, which would be delivered via over-the-air updates at some unspecified future date.