Toyota, Tesla collaborate on self-driving research, target general lenses to replace lidar

Autopilot technology requires the cooperation of sensors and software. At present, the technology needs to install a lot of high-priced lidars. Toyota and Tesla have cooperated and hope to replace lidars with ordinary lenses, so as to improve autopilot technology more efficiently and reduce costs.

According to “Reuters”, this time, Woven Planet, a Toyota subsidiary, joined Tesla’s development team to jointly develop autonomous driving technology with lower-cost lenses. Now autonomous driving requires a huge fleet to collect data. If the fleet uses high-priced lidar, it will cost a lot of money. The cooperation between the two companies aims to research lower-cost lenses, effectively collect data and train autonomous driving systems, reduce costs and improve technology. Save up to 90% on the cost of light delivery with ordinary lenses.

Michael Benisch, vice president of engineering at Woven Planet, pointed out that autonomous driving requires a lot of data, and it is still not enough to collect data in small batches of high-cost fleets. The development team hopes to develop general lens technology to catch up with lidar. Before development, Toyota still uses LiDAR self-driving cars to collect data for safety reasons.

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