BMW Chose Innoviz’ LiDAR for its Autonomous Vehicles
28 April, 2018
BMW Group plans to integrate InnovizOne solid-state, MEMS-based scanning LiDAR sensor on its upcoming autonomous vehicle production platforms starting 2021
Magna from Ontario, Canada and Innoviz Technologies from Kfar Saba, Israel, were chosen by BMW Group to supply a solid-state LiDAR for upcoming autonomous vehicle production platforms. Betting on LiDAR as a critical enablers to achieve the desired levels of performance and overall safety, Magna collaborated with Israeli LiDAR provider Innoviz Technologies to integrate automotive-grade, solid-state LiDAR into its autonomous driving platform MAX 4.
The platform includes Magna’s ICON RADAR, InnovizOne LiDAR SENSOR and other sensors. The InnovizOne (photo above) is expected to reach thew market in 2019, while BMW Group plans to integrate it on its upcoming autonomous vehicle production platforms starting 2021. This solid-state high-resolution LiDAR technology generates a 3D point cloud in real time of the vehicle’s surroundings, in all 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 comprehensive sensing solution delivers on critical needs including performance, cost, and compact size. “BMW is setting a high standard in autonomous vehicles development, and their vote of confidence in our LiDAR demonstrates how advanced our technology is,” said Omer Keilaf, co-founder and CEO of Innoviz.
“The Innoviz and Magna teams collaborated to meet BMW requirements in quality and validation plans, and functional safety. Automakers have been looking for a LiDAR technology provider to deliver a mass-market solution, and we are proud to see our product coming to series production”.
Founded in early 2016 and backed by US$82 million in funding, Innoviz is one of the first LiDAR providers to deliver a complete product to market. Its sensor is a solid-state, MEMS-based scanning LiDAR solution provides long detection range of up to 150 meters. It is probably the only LiDAR currently available that delivers on all of the automotive industry’s needs in a compact form factor and mass market pricing.
With more than 150 employees worldwide, Innoviz has signed strategic partnerships to manufacture as well as integrate its LiDAR into the autonomous driving systems of market leaders and Tier-1 suppliers including Aptiv (Delphi Automotive) and Magna International.