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Luminar Day: A New Era – Luminar Achieves Global Start of Production for Volvo Cars

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Luminar achieves start of production for Volvo Cars, marking a significant milestone in the automotive industry. The company unveils its next-generation LiDAR technology platform, Luminar Halo, designed for mass adoption. Swiss Re releases safety results showing a 27% reduction in accidents with Luminar LiDAR. New partnerships with Applied Intuition and TPK aim to accelerate assisted driving capabilities and reduce costs. The press release signifies a major advancement in automotive safety technology and production efficiency.
Luminar raggiunge l'inizio della produzione per Volvo Cars, segnando una pietra miliare significativa nell'industria automobilistica. L'azienda presenta la sua piattaforma tecnologica LiDAR di nuova generazione, Luminar Halo, progettata per una diffusione di massa. Swiss Re pubblica risultati di sicurezza che mostrano una riduzione del 27% degli incidenti con il LiDAR di Luminar. Nuove partnership con Applied Intuition e TPK mirano ad accelerare le capacità di guida assistita e a ridurre i costi. Il comunicato stampa indica un importante progresso nella tecnologia di sicurezza automobilistica e nell'efficienza produttiva.
Luminar logra iniciar la producción para Volvo Cars, marcando un hito significativo en la industria automotriz. La compañía revela su plataforma tecnológica LiDAR de próxima generación, Luminar Halo, diseñada para una adopción masiva. Swiss Re publica resultados de seguridad que demuestran una reducción del 27% en accidentes con el LiDAR de Luminar. Nuevas asociaciones con Applied Intuition y TPK buscan acelerar las capacidades de conducción asistida y reducir costos. El comunicado de prensa señala un gran avance en la tecnología de seguridad automotriz y la eficiencia de producción.
Luminar는 Volvo 자동차의 생산 시작을 달성하여 자동차 산업에서 중요한 이정표를 표시합니다. 회사는 대량 채택을 위해 설계된 차세대 LiDAR 기술 플랫폼, Luminar Halo를 공개했습니다. 스위스 리(Swiss Re)는 Luminar LiDAR로 사고가 27% 감소했다는 안전 결과를 발표했습니다. Applied Intuition과 TPK와의 새로운 파트너십은 보조 운전 기능을 가속화하고 비용을 줄이는 것을 목표로 합니다. 보도 자료는 자동차 안전 기술 및 생산 효율성에서 주요한 발전을 의미합니다.
Luminar atteint le début de la production pour Volvo Cars, marquant ainsi un jalon important dans l'industrie automobile. La société dévoile sa plateforme technologique LiDAR de nouvelle génération, Luminar Halo, conçue pour une adoption massive. Swiss Re publie des résultats de sécurité montrant une réduction de 27% des accidents avec le LiDAR de Luminar. De nouveaux partenariats avec Applied Intuition et TPK visent à accélérer les capacités de conduite assistée et à réduire les coûts. Le communiqué de presse signifie une avancée majeure dans la technologie de sécurité automobile et l'efficacité de la production.
Luminar erreicht den Produktionsstart für Volvo Cars und markiert damit einen bedeutenden Meilenstein in der Automobilindustrie. Das Unternehmen stellt seine Plattform der nächsten Generation für LiDAR-Technologie vor, Luminar Halo, die für die Massenadoption konzipiert ist. Swiss Re veröffentlicht Sicherheitsergebnisse, die eine Reduzierung von Unfällen um 27% mit Luminar LiDAR zeigen. Neue Partnerschaften mit Applied Intuition und TPK zielen darauf ab, assistierte Fahrfähigkeiten zu beschleunigen und Kosten zu reduzieren. Die Pressemitteilung signalisiert einen großen Fortschritt in der Technologie der automobilen Sicherheit und der Produktionseffizienz.
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  • Luminar achieves start of production for Volvo Cars, transitioning from R&D to standardizing LiDAR technology on global production vehicles.
  • Launches Luminar Halo, the next-gen LiDAR platform, with significant improvements in performance, integration, and cost for mass adoption.
  • Swiss Re releases safety study results showing nearly 27% reduction in accidents and 40% reduction in severity with Luminar LiDAR.
  • New partnership with Applied Intuition to accelerate next-gen assisted driving and automated driving capabilities in the industry.
  • Expanded collaboration with TPK to support advanced industrialization and reduce costs for Luminar's products.
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With Luminar's announcement of the start of production for Volvo Cars and the release of its next-generation LiDAR technology, Luminar Halo, the automotive technology landscape is poised for significant advancements in safety and autonomy. Luminar's LiDAR system, a pivotal component in driver-assistance and autonomous driving systems, has outperformed camera and radar solutions according to testing by Swiss Re. This not only enhances the vehicle's ability to perceive its environment, but also signals a potential shift in the industry's approach to standardizing on higher-performing safety technologies. The estimated 27% reduction in accident frequency and 40% severity improvement suggest a considerable advancement over existing technologies, which could translate into lower insurance costs and further consumer adoption. Moreover, Luminar's strategic industrialization through partnerships—for example with TPK—is likely to drive down costs and accelerate product development, enhancing the company's competitive position in the automotive sensor market.

From a market perspective, Luminar's significant progression from a decade of research and development to the global start of production marks a key inflection point. Luminar's ability to capitalize on its nearly $4 billion order book and anticipated multiplicative increase in shipments for the second half of 2024 indicates a robust demand curve and an aggressive scaling strategy. The integration of its LiDAR systems into mainstream vehicles, not just premium models, expands its market potential exponentially. Investors should be aware of the potential impact on Luminar's revenue streams as these developments unfold. The partnership with Applied Intuition further underscores the strategic moves to solidify its presence in the ADAS and AD sectors. This could potentially attract new automaker partnerships and foster investor confidence in Luminar's growth trajectory.

The strategic move by Luminar to introduce a digital insurance product based on the safety benefits of their technology is noteworthy. This could disrupt traditional vehicle insurance models by providing data-driven, lower-cost insurance options for consumers. Luminar's safety study, conducted with Swiss Re, establishing their LiDAR system as a superior solution for accident prevention, underpins this new insurance offering. Their plans to be licensed in 13 states by the end of the year, with international expansion on the horizon, could catalyze a new niche in the insurance market and potentially create an additional revenue stream for Luminar. Additionally, this could foster a new paradigm wherein technology suppliers, such as Luminar, play an active role in offering insurance products aligned with their safety technologies.

Launches Next-Gen LiDAR; Swiss Re Releases LiDAR Safety Results;

New Partnership with Applied Intuition

News Summary

  • Luminar achieves start of production (SOP) for Volvo Cars; Marks first time industry transitioning from R&D to standard on global production vehicles; Kicks off conversion of nearly $4 Billion Order Book to revenue
  • Unveils Luminar Halo, the company’s next-generation LiDAR technology platform; Step-function improvement in performance, integration, and cost; Built for mass adoption by both premium and mainstream automakers
  • Swiss Re releases results of industry-first efficacy test of Luminar LiDAR for vehicle safety: nearly 27% reduction in accidents, nearly 40% reduction in severity vs best performing camera/radar vehicles
  • New partnership with Applied Intuition to accelerate next-generation assisted driving and automated driving capabilities to industry
  • TPK expands partnership with Luminar to support advanced industrialization, expected to significantly reduce costs and product development timelines

 

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Luminar (Nasdaq: LAZR), a leading global automotive technology company, is hosting Luminar Day: A New Era via a live webcast at www.luminartech.com/luminarday from its new Silicon Valley facility. The company announced that it has achieved start of production for Volvo Cars and begun delivering production LiDAR sensors for the Volvo EX90, which will be the first global production vehicle to feature and standardize this technology. As a result, Luminar now expects to ship multiple times more product in the second half of 2024 than it has in the prior 10 years and accelerating from there. The company also announced the launch of its next-generation LiDAR sensor for the mass market, Luminar Halo, safety test results from Swiss Re, a new partnership with Applied Intuition, and an expanded collaboration with TPK where they will provide substantial industrialization resources to Luminar to improve cost and efficiency.

Luminar Halo LiDAR sensor (Photo: Business Wire)

Luminar Halo LiDAR sensor (Photo: Business Wire)

“The past 10 years of Luminar have all been leading up to this historic moment, and proving what many thought would never be possible. We’ve officially launched in mass production for the first global consumer vehicle with LiDAR, and as standard equipment,” said Austin Russell, Founder and CEO. “Volvo is known for being the first to introduce and drive standardization of safety-focused inventions, all the way from seatbelts to Mobileye systems, and today is no exception. We expect this to kick off a domino effect of dozens of awarded commercial program launches with Luminar, drive economies of scale up and cost down, and unlock mass consumer visibility.”

Luminar Achieves Start of Production for Volvo Cars

Upon passing two key Run at Rate industrialization milestones for Volvo Cars in rapid succession, Luminar has taken its next step in demonstrating its ability to produce high-quality, automotive grade LiDAR sensors at scale and has begun shipping sensors to Volvo Cars ahead of the start of production for the Volvo EX90. The Volvo EX90 will be the world’s first global consumer vehicle to standardize this technology.

Luminar Halo: Next-Generation LiDAR for Mainstream Production

The company unveils its next-generation LiDAR product, Luminar Halo, being designed for mass adoption by mainstream consumer vehicles. Building off Luminar’s high-performance 1550nm architecture, Luminar Halo will incorporate four next-generation breakthrough chip technologies from Luminar Semiconductor Inc, enabling a 4x improvement in performance, a 3x reduction in size, 2x improvement in thermal efficiency, and more than 2x improvement in cost. Luminar Halo is also expected to provide backwards system compatibility to existing customers of its current generation sensor family, Iris. It also will boast a sleeker integration profile, seamlessly blending into the roofline of a car or behind the windshield and is expected to be under 1 inch in height, under 1 kilogram in weight, and use approximately 10 watts of power consumption. The Luminar Iris family of LiDAR was designed to kick off a new global industry for safety and autonomy on premium vehicles, whereas Luminar Halo is designed to focus more on rapidly scaling our vision to mainstream consumer vehicles, and to fulfill our mission to democratize next-generation safety.

Swiss Re Safety Study Results on Luminar’s LiDAR Sensor

Swiss Re, a world leader in reinsurance and risk assessment, releases the results of its comprehensive vehicle safety testing to measure the efficacy of Luminar’s technology in preventing and reducing the severity of accidents as the next stage in the partnership with Swiss Re, which launched at our last Luminar Day in February 2023. Vehicles equipped with Luminar LiDAR and software driving system outperformed the best performing camera and radar vehicles in the study by a margin of nearly 40%. When compared to the overall 1st and 2nd best performers out of the pool of benchmarking vehicles tested, the Luminar system outperforms them by a margin of nearly 27% on frequency reduction of vehicle accidents and nearly 40% on mitigation power performance. The 1st and 2nd best performers are 2022 model year vehicles of top European car brands, equipped with the latest and fullest set of camera and radar-based technology available on the market.

Luminar will leverage the safety study as an industry benchmark to launch a digital insurance product which is expected to reduce the cost of insurance for car buyers of Luminar-equipped vehicles. Luminar expects to be licensed to sell insurance in 13 states by the end of the year and plans to expand internationally starting next year. The collision scenarios used in their study are drawn from Swiss Re's accidents database and is based on real-world accidents statistics with 1 billion vehicle years of exposure and 70 million claims.

Partnering with Applied Intuition to Accelerate ADAS and AD Deployment with Automakers

Luminar announces a new partnership with Applied Intuition, a leading Silicon Valley-based vehicle software developer. In the initial phase of the partnership, the two companies plan to offer a joint hardware and software solution for automakers to test and validate assisted driving and automated driving perception systems using Applied Intuition’s physics-based sensor simulator, Sensor Sim, with integrated sensor models of Luminar’s LiDAR. Automakers will be able to accurately test and validate Luminar’s LiDAR-based software systems in virtual environments while reducing testing cost and accelerating time to market.

Accelerating Industrialization in Expanded TPK Partnership

Luminar expands its partnership with TPK, a multi-billion-dollar manufacturer that has supplied companies like Apple and Tesla, after TPK's demonstrated ongoing success in building out capacity in its high-volume factory in Asia for Luminar following the launch of the partnership in April 2023. With the expansion, TPK is now beginning to provide significant industrialization resources to Luminar in its facilities for acceleration of scaling, efficient factory automation, and supplier management, which we expect will significantly reduce industrialization costs and product development timelines in the future.

Join Luminar Day via Livestream

Luminar Day begins at 2:00pmET/11:00amPT with a presentation by Austin Russell. Throughout the event, company executives and third-party industry leaders will discuss Luminar’s vision, execution, and the industry’s shift towards next-generation safety and autonomy. Livestream at https://www.luminartech.com/luminarday.

About Luminar:

Luminar is a global automotive technology company ushering in a new era of vehicle safety and autonomy. For the past decade, Luminar has built an advanced hardware and software/AI platform to enable its over 50 industry partners, including most global automotive OEMs. From consumer vehicle programs with Volvo Cars and Mercedes-Benz to technology partnerships including NVIDIA and Mobileye, Luminar is poised to be the first automotive technology company to enable next-generation safety and autonomous capabilities for global production vehicles. For more information, please visit www.luminartech.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements included in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “aims,” “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “set,” “continue,” “towards,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “should,” “would,” “forward,” and similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Volvo’s start of delivery of the EX90 to customers and its successful launch, achievement of performance of next generation LiDAR currently in development, that software including in automaker vehicles will have similar performance at launch or in the future to Luminar’s software performance in testing for safety improvement and insurance reduction, that Luminar will be able to offer a registered insurance product in various markets and will be successful in attracting partners and customers, that Luminar will be offering and automakers will be interested in evaluating software development kits combined with hardware, and that new partnerships will result in cost reductions while improving industrialization and manufacturing. These statements are based on various assumptions, whether or not identified in this release, and on the current expectations of Luminar's management and are not guarantees of actual performance. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements, including the risks discussed in the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of Luminar’s most recently filed Form 10-K filed with the SEC. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made, and Luminar undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.

Media Relations:

Milin Mehta

Press@luminartech.com

Investor Relations:

Aileen Smith

Investors@luminartech.com

Source: Luminar

FAQ

What milestone did Luminar achieve for Volvo Cars?

Luminar achieved start of production for Volvo Cars, marking a significant milestone in the automotive industry.

What is the name of Luminar's next-generation LiDAR technology platform?

Luminar unveiled Luminar Halo, designed for mass adoption by mainstream automakers.

What were the results of Swiss Re's safety test on Luminar's LiDAR technology?

Swiss Re reported a 27% reduction in accidents and a 40% reduction in severity with Luminar LiDAR.

Who did Luminar partner with to accelerate assisted driving capabilities?

Luminar partnered with Applied Intuition to enhance next-gen assisted driving and automated driving capabilities.

How will the expanded partnership with TPK benefit Luminar?

The expanded collaboration with TPK aims to reduce industrialization costs and product development timelines for Luminar's products.

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