21 January 2022 | David Young
Mercedes-Benz and global automotive technology company, Luminar Technologies, are partnering to accelerate development of future automated driving technologies for passenger cars
Markus Schäfer, Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG and Austin Russell, founder and CEO of Luminar
The new partnership with Luminar underlines Mercedes-Benz's policy of continuously expanding its network of top-flight tech partners and suppliers for passenger cars. The intent of this partnership is to leverage the foundational lidar technology from Luminar with the aim to industrialise and integrate it into series production Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
"Luminar is the perfect addition to our existing roster of first-class cooperations with leading and cutting–edge tech companies. Mercedes-Benz's achievement of SAE Level 3 already marked a huge milestone for automated driving, and I am absolutely convinced that partnerships will increase our level of ambition for what is possible in future. Cooperation is an essential part of Mercedes-Benz's strategy. Therefore, I am highly delighted to have Austin Russell and Luminar on board for our journey," says Markus Schäfer, member of the board of management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, chief technology officer responsible for development and procurement.
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