Start-up challenges Tesla: And lets an electric car run over a “pedestrian”

from Franziska Albrecht am 10.09.2021

The LiDAR sensors from the US start-up Luminar recognize objects in advance and can thus avoid collisions.

Screenshot YouTube / LuminarThe LiDAR sensors from the US start-up Luminar recognize objects in advance and can thus avoid collisions.

With its LiDAR technology, the US start-up Luminar is competing with the electric car manufacturer Tesla. In a test video, the young company shows how far Tesla really is with autonomous driving.

“Cars should be able to recognize objects or people standing in the way. People are imperfect and accidents happen. I think automakers and tech companies are responsible for changing that, “Luminar founder and CEO Austin Russell said in a YouTube video.

In contrast to Tesla, Luminar uses so-called LiDAR sensors to make fully autonomous driving possible. The laser technology is able to recognize obstacles from larger distances and to measure distances, reported EFAHRER.com.

But how practical are the sensors really? Luminar tried out its “Proactive Safety” system on a test track with life-size dummies as pedestrians. As soon as the vehicle approached an obstacle, it braked and came to a standstill in front of the doll.

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When it comes to Christoph Schroeder, Head of Software at Luminar, that is far from the norm. “Most systems are designed to mitigate crashes. Of course that is not enough. ”The aim is to avoid collisions. Schroeder criticizes the US authority NCAP, which sets the safety standards for vehicles. “And these standards are very low at the moment.”

In the video, Luminar does not miss the opportunity to give Tesla a swipe. The team repeats the pedestrian test with a model from the Californian electric car company. The result is sobering: Not once does the Stromer brake in time and just knock the dummies over. However, the video does not reveal which autopilot mode the car was in. Since this is a commercial from Luminar, it is questionable how meaningful the test actually is.

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