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Luminar says its laser sensors can do automatic emergency steering

Mercedes F1 racer with Luminar lidar
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All vehicles are required to have automatic emergency braking, but the technology is not the best at preventing crashes, especially at highway speeds. But what about automatic emergency steering?

Florida-based lidar company Luminar unveiled a new automatic emergency steering (AES) feature powered by its Iris Plus sensor. The idea is to use the laser sensor, in combination with the vehicle’s other safety systems, to proactively avoid crashes without driver intervention.

The company demonstrated the new feature at CES in Las Vegas this week. The hope is that Luminar’s long-range lidar, with up to 300 meters (984 feet) of range in the right conditions, can detect obstacles and initiate driving maneuvers before the driver does.

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