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Stellantis chooses Valeo lidar for Level 3 autonomous vehicles

17 June 2022
How the Scala lidar from Valeo perceives the world around it with the ability to identify objects more than 150 meters ahead. Source: Valeo

Automaker Stellantis has selected Valeo’s third generation lidar for multiple models of its automotive brands that will go into production in 2024.

The lidar will allow these vehicles to be certified for Level 3 automation, allowing drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel and their eyes off the road.

Valeo said the lidar will bring new services to Stellantis’ customers including bothersome driving situations such as in low or medium speed heavy traffic.

Perceiving the world

The Scala lidar from Valeo perceives the world around it even when an object is far ahead and invisible to the human eye. The lidar offers 50 times that of the second-generation device and can identify objects more than 150 meters ahead that the human eye, cameras nor radars can detect, including a tire lying in the road.

The lidar recreates a 3D image of the vehicle’s surroundings using a point cloud and can map the ground topology and detect road markings.

Equipped with artificial intelligence algorithms for embedded software, the lidar can steer the vehicle’s trajectory, anticipating obstacle-free zones on the road ahead.

Other features include:

  • Self diagnoses and triggers a cleaning system when field of vision is obstructed.
  • Accuracy in all weather conditions.
  • Works in temperatures from -40° C to 85° C.
  • Enables vehicles to achieve approval for SAE conditional driving automation (Level 3).
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