The Porsche Taycan won't know what hit it.
Polestar just announced an expanded partnership with Luminar to integrate long-range LiDAR technology into future vehicles, specifically the 2024 Polestar 5 four-door GT. We assume this tech will also be used on the upcoming Polestar 4 crossover. This agreement will help bolster next-generation safety and autonomy increases.
Through a previous partnership with Volvo Cars, the 2023 Polestar 3 SUV will be the brand's first model to ship with LiDAR. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2024. The same LiDAR system will also be available on the Volvo EX90, sitting on the roof as part of the safety system.
As a reminder, a pre-production version of the Polestar 5 was shown at Goodwood, producing 872 horsepower and 663 lb-ft of torque from two electric motors. The design looks similar to the Polestar Precept Concept from 2020. A full reveal is expected to take place in 2024.
"Luminar is at the forefront of long-range LiDAR technology and this closer collaboration will allow for greater innovation in our cars to come. We look forward to combining our R&D and product design expertise to deliver truly stunning LiDAR integration and capabilities for the Polestar brand," said Polestar CEO, Thomas Ingenlath.
Volvo and Polestar have not made any specific claims about when their cars will be able to perform Level 3 self-driving, as Mercedes-Benz has beat the Swedish automakers to the punch on that front. Mercedes L3 technology will be highly limited when it launches though, only working in the state of Nevada at speeds of up to 45 mph. Unlike any existing L2+ system, Mercedes Drive Pilot will allow drivers to perform secondary tasks (such as reading).
"As we successfully execute together, Polestar's conviction in Luminar and the value of our technology has continued to accelerate. With this new expanded partnership and our shared pioneering spirit, we will push the boundaries of automotive technology and design into new territories for the next generation," said Austin Russell, Founder and CEO of Luminar.
We look forward to experiencing Polestar's LiDAR technology next year.
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