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Lucid Chooses Mobileye to Enable Autonomous Driving in its Electric Cars

30 December 2016

Electric vehicle (EV) start-up company Lucid Motors is partnering with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving technology company Mobileye to enable autonomous driving in Lucid’s upcoming cars.

Lucid, which recently stated it would build a manufacturing facility for its EVs in Casa Grande, Arizona, says its first car, the Lucid Air, will come equipped with autonomous driving from day one. The vehicle will include camera, radar and lidar sensors. Lucid is looking to keep pace with Tesla Motors, which has been working to include self-driving capabilities in its own vehicles—some of which are on the road today.

Mobileye was chosen by Lucid as the primary compute platform, full eight-camera surround-view processing, sensor fusion software, Road Experience Management (REM) crowd-based localization capability, and reinforcement learning algorithms for Driving Policy. With these technologies included, a full ADAS suite will be available at launch time for the safe transition to autonomous driving functionality through over-the-air software updates.

Mobileye says it will provide a dual set of EyeQ 4 system-on-chips that will process the eight-camera surround-view system to provide 360° visual perception. This camera set includes a forward-facing trifocal-lensed camera, and five additional cameras surround the vehicle. The REM system will provide Lucid vehicles localization capability with near real-time updating of Mobileye’s Roadbook high-definition mapping system.

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