Lucid unveils driver assistance plan to compete with Tesla’s autopilot

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Lucid has announced its driver assistance plan for its upcoming Air electric sedan to compete with Tesla’s autopilot functionality.While Lucid insists he is not competing with Tesla, many see the latter’s Model S as the biggest competitor to the former’s first electric car, the Lucid Air.

This is especially true as the two vehicle programs, both of which were started by Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson, were in the race to be the first electric cars with a range of 400 miles on a single charge.

With the Air postponed to 2021 and the Model S having recently received an updated range formalized by the EPA, the latter won.

But Lucid has other stuff up his sleeve and plans to differentiate himself in other ways.

When it comes to driver assistance features, he has now released his solution called “Lucid DreamDrive”.

“Lucid Motors, which seeks to set new standards in sustainable transportation with its advanced luxury electric vehicles, today announced Lucid DreamDrive, a new benchmark in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The one-of-a-kind platform combines the industry’s most comprehensive sensor suite with an advanced driver monitoring system, all standard on early versions of the Lucid Air. Taken together, Lucid DreamDrive signals Lucid’s intention to provide sophisticated assisted driving capabilities in its vehicles. “

The system has very similar functionality to Tesla’s autopilot, but it has a driver monitoring system and a suite of sensors that includes high-resolution LIDAR – two things Tesla has avoided for its autopilot. and its autonomous driving efforts.

In addition to lidar sensors, the Air is equipped with 32 sensors, including cameras, radars and ultrasonic sensors.

Here are the main features provided by Lucid DreamDrive:

Security:

  • Surround view monitoring
  • Display of blind spots
  • Protection against cross traffic
  • Recognition of road signs
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Alerts for distracted or drowsy drivers

Conduct:

  • Full speed roadside assistance (a combination of adaptive cruise control and lane centering)
  • Road traffic alert
  • Headlight assistance

Parking:

  • Autonomous parking assistance
  • Withdrawal control
  • Comfortable braking

Lucid says the system will offer more functionality through over-the-air software updates next year.

The automaker also claims that the system is powered by what it calls a “high-speed Ethernet ring”:

Lucid DreamDrive is also the first ADAS system based on a high-speed Ethernet ring, a unique cornerstone of Lucid Air’s advanced electrical architecture, which further serves as a fully redundant platform for key functions such as steering, brakes, sensors, etc. This includes redundant independent power sources and communication paths, operational actuators and fault tolerant calculations. “

Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO of Lucid Motors, commented on the new product announcement:

“Lucid Motors is focused on providing the best luxury car in the world, embodying the most advanced powertrain and safety systems possible, all designed and developed in-house. Our customers expect this philosophy to extend to Lucid Air’s ADAS, and for that we have developed a highly advanced and future-proof system that offers an unmatched combination of sensors and software.

Lucid will unveil the production version of the Air electric car next month and is expected to announce new production specifications at the time.

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