LiDAR manufacturers lobby for political support; Elon Musk had one word about it

Tesla, Inc.’s TSLA Elon Musk is a proponent of camera vision for self-driving technology, and he doesn’t mince words as he expresses his distaste for LiDAR technology. Tesla calls its camera-based autopilot system Tesla Vision.

On Friday, Musk’s attention was drawn to a coalition formed by LiDAR manufacturers, which is intended to serve as a policy advocacy group. These companies include Innoviz Technologies Ltd. INVZ, Velodyne Lidar, Inc. VLDR, AudioEye, Inc. AEYE, Cepton, Inc. CPTN, Ouster, Inc. OUST and Quanergy Systems, Inc. QNGY.

In a statement, the companies emphasized the technical superiority of LiDAR over camera and radar, focusing primarily on its ability to function equally well in bright or dark conditions as it does in other degraded visual conditions where other sensors fall short.

They also claimed that LiDAR has the resolution needed to detect pedestrians even when they are not moving.

“To rule out lidar in crash avoidance technology, you’re ignoring half the equation,” the LiDAR manufacturers said.

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The coalition called on the government to recognize these facts in its policy.

“With multiple regulations underway, such as the NHTSA’s proposed updates to the New Car Assessment Program and automatic emergency braking with PAEB, it is critical that all policies reflect the capabilities and limitations of sensors built into vehicle safety technologies,” insisted the LiDAR makers.

Musk had a single comment about the development. He called these arguments weak.


— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 17, 2022

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