Luminar, a leading global automotive technology company, is teaming up with China’s ECARX, to collaborate on automotive grade technologies with the intent to enable advanced safety and automated driving capabilities in the production of consumer vehicles and commercial trucks. The partnership will further strengthen Luminar’s presence in China, the world’s largest automotive market.
By integrating Luminar’s technology with Geely-backed ECARX’s suite of automotive intelligence products, automakers in China and beyond will have a clearer path to deploy advanced safety technologies and driving capabilities on series production vehicles.
The collaboration will help Luminar to accelerate deployment of its industry-leading long-range lidar and software in the market and beyond through ECARX’s connection with Geely and the Geely ecosystem.
As part of the collaboration, Luminar is making a stock-based investment in ECARX.
ECARX’s core products include infotainment head units (IHU), digital cockpits, vehicle chip-set solutions, a core operating system and integrated software stack.
Austin Russell, Founder and CEO of Luminar., says: “ECARX has earned an esteemed reputation and strong track record of success in the world’s largest auto market, China. This collaboration will better position Luminar to expand deployment of our technology on a variety of production vehicle platforms in this fast-paced market where demand is rapidly growing for vehicles defined by their technical capabilities.”
“ECARX is developing a full-stack automotive computing platform to underpin intelligent electric vehicles capable of unsupervised highway driving, that seamlessly integrate with the user’s existing digital ecosystem,” adds Ziyu Shen, CEO of ECARX. “This collaboration with Luminar will help rapidly advance the scale up of both our technologies.”
From Volvo Cars and Mercedes-Benz for consumer vehicles and Daimler Trucks for commercial trucks, to tech partners NVIDIA and Intel’s Mobileye, Luminar is enabling next-generation safety and autonomous capabilities for production vehicles.