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LiDAR to be included in autonomous vehicle parts

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California has long been known as the land of the car and the emergence of self-driving cars is not likely to change that. What these vehicles might change or at least what many hope they will change is overall safety. One goal for autonomous vehicles is to reduce the number of car crashes that happen and therefore reduce the number of people hurt or killed in these senseless incidents. 

Crash reduction through crash avoidance is precisely what one type of technology is aiming to be used for in select autonomous vehicle components. A company that makes various automotive parts, Delphi Automotive, has entered into an agreement with another company that makes LiDAR technology, Innoviz. the LiDAR technology from Innoviz would be used by Delphi in some of its products to detect items that a vehicle might come into contact with. This detection then allows the autonomous car to avoid any contact with those items.

Reports indicate that Delphi could get this technology into products that hit the market by 2019. Other products for aftermarket parts may actually be available for sale even before that happens. Obstacles detected may include people as well as inanimate objects like signs or other cars.

While people in California might be able to enjoy improved safety someday thanks to self-driving cars, there remains the potential that accidents will continue to happen. After a collision, learning how to protect one's rights might be able to be done by talking with an attorney.

Source: Tech Crunch, "Delphi and LiDAR-maker Innoviz partner on self-driving tech," Darrell Etherington, August 18, 2017


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