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Luminar Unveils Autonomous Driving Software Suite, Sentinel, for Automakers

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Luminar Technologies, renowned for its lidar solutions, unveiled its latest innovation, the Sentinel software suite, aimed at enhancing autonomous driving capabilities for consumer vehicles. Developed over five years, Sentinel integrates advanced AI and software tools crucial for proactive safety, perception, 3D mapping, localization, simulation, and dynamic lidar features.

The initial shipments commenced last week, slated for evaluation by car manufacturers over the next three months. However, Luminar emphasizes that Sentinel is still in the developmental phase and not yet ready for full production deployment.

“We’ve been pioneering lidar systems for global production vehicles, but since 2017, we’ve also focused on next-generation AI-based software for enhanced safety and autonomy,” said Austin Russell, Luminar’s CEO.

Russell highlighted the significance of Sentinel amidst new mandates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requiring advanced safety features in all U.S. production vehicles by 2029. “We’re currently the only solution we know of that meets all these requirements,” he added.

Sentinel, designed for both consumer and commercial vehicles, including combustion engine and electric models, aims to provide automakers with a comprehensive toolkit for integrating advanced autonomous driving capabilities into their vehicles.

Luminar collaborated with California-based partners Scale AI, Applied Intuition, and Civil Maps in developing Sentinel, emphasizing its compatibility across various vehicle types and potential to enhance vehicle safety significantly, according to a recent study by Swiss Re.

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