Magna and Innoviz will provide high-resolution lidar sensors for autonomous vehicles from BMW. The Canadians plan to combine the lidar sensor with its own Icon Radar and other sensors within its MAX4 platform. The platform generates a 3D point cloud in real time of the vehicle’s surroundings, even in challenging settings such as direct sunlight, varying weather conditions and multi-LiDAR environments. In addition, the solution provides a complete computer vision software stack and algorithms to turn 3D vision into critical driving insights. The Magna/Innoviz sensing solution delivers on critical needs including performance, cost, and compact size.
The sensors are capable of supporting autonomous driving up to level 4 and 5 of the SAE scale. According to the Magna press release, the company’s solution delivers on critical needs, “including performance, cost, and compact size” – hint that competitors were unable to meet either pricing points or the required performance and compactness.
Magna has been developing and manufacturing advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) products for automakers for more than 15 years. In August 2017 it unveiled MAX4, a fully integrated, customizable and scalable platform that can enable up to Level 4 autonomous driving in both urban and highway environments. MAX4 contains the sensing and computing building blocks – including RADAR, LiDAR, cameras and ultrasonic sensors, as well as an ADAS central computing module – which can be supplied in part or as a whole system to meet customer needs and market readiness.