New driver-assistance systems are promised to be revolutionary.
The Lucid Air has been making waves in the electric vehicle scene. One reason why it's so highly anticipated is that it makes the least waves when cutting through the air, thanks to a body more aerodynamic than any other production vehicle on the planet. While we wait for the stunning EV to launch early next year, Lucid continues to tease us with new ways that the Air will aim to outdo competition like the Tesla Model S.
In its latest press release, the company announced Lucid DreamDrive, a suite of advanced driver-assistance systems that Lucid promises will set a new benchmark for safety.
The new suite of driver aids will come standard on first editions of the Lucid Air and will make the Air the first car on the market with the combination of a driver monitoring system and a sensor suite that includes high-resolution LIDAR, otherwise known as Light Detection and Ranging. The LIDAR aspect of the suite will support 19 key safety, driving, and parking assistance features, while a further eight features are promised to become available via over-the-air updates. Level 3 autonomous driving is also promised in the future, but it seems that the Lucid will be continually refreshed via these updates, helping it keep pace with the likes of Tesla.
The Lucid DreamDrive system is also poised to become the first advanced driver-assistance system built upon a high-speed Ethernet ring and will provide a fully redundant platform for things like steering, braking, sensors, and more. Peter Ralinson, the company's CEO and CTO, says: "Lucid Motors is laser-focused on delivering the world's best luxury car, embodying the most advanced powertrain and safety systems possible, all designed and developed in-house. Our customers expect that philosophy to extend to the Lucid Air's ADAS, and for that we've developed a highly advanced, future-proof system that brings forth an unparalleled combination of sensors and software."
The Lucid Air was expected to debut earlier this year, but with global turmoil changing everyone's plans, we can now expect an online reveal on September 9.