Plus, a self-driving truck technology provider, has selected Aeva to supply automotive-grade long-range 4D LiDAR for the production of driver-in and fully autonomous trucks powered by the PlusDrive system, according to the company's press release.
Aeva’s LiDAR will help Plus autonomous trucks sense their environment clearly at long ranges, shorten response time in safety-critical situations, and address edge cases leveraging Aeva’s proprietary velocity data.
Aeva and Plus have been collaborating since 2019 to equip and validate Plus’s autonomous trucking system with Aeva Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) 4D LiDAR.
Plus will use Aeva’s 4D LiDAR sensors to augment its long-range perception in Plus’s commercially available driver-in product starting in late 2022 and leading to its fully autonomous driving system.
“Our global deployment of automated trucks to fleets commercially at scale requires leading technology that is automotive grade, high performance, and practical," said Shawn Kerrigan, COO and co-founder of Plus. "We selected Aeva as our production partner because its 4D LiDAR complements Plus’s state-of-the-art long-range perception by adding important instant velocity detection for the safe operation of autonomous trucks, and Aeva shares our commitment to bring autonomous trucks to market."
Aeva’s 4D LiDAR senses velocity and position for each point, even at distances over 500 meters away. The combination of Aeva’s 4D LiDAR and Plus’s proprietary autonomy stack addresses many edge cases, such as previously unseen obstacles that may confound neural networks in the perception stack.
“We are pleased that a leader like Plus recognizes the unparalleled performance of our unique 4D LiDAR sensors,” said Soroush Salehian, co-founder and CEO at Aeva. “This production partnership validates Aeva’s technology as the world’s first automotive 4D LiDAR for autonomous trucking and we look forward to supporting Plus as they ramp up production of their automated trucks.”