Lucid Motors On the heels of taking its first electric cars off the assembly line, it announced details on its advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS), DreamDrive, on Tuesday.
The company says the use of LiDAR out of 32 sensors that support the ADAS system makes it the first automaker to use the technology in a North American production car.
A more sophisticated DreamDrive Pro system included in the Lucid Air Dream Edition and Lucid Air Grand Touring features more hardware that makes up for additional features delivered via over-the-air updates.
Dr. Eugene Lee, Senior Director of ADAS and Autonomous Driving, said in a press release, “DreamDrive Pro has been designed to enhance efficiencies, in line with our ability to deliver software over-the-air and the core tools already in the vehicle. Thank you.” “Thanks to the highly integrated hardware and software teams, Lucid has the ability to develop new functionality for the DreamDrive Pro in-house. It can benefit every aspect of the DreamDrive Pro experience, from the frequency of updates to the number of Highway Pilot systems. Till the planned rollout. For conditional automatic driving on select roadways in the coming years.”
More than 30 features are available as part of the ADAS system. Through the use of what Lucid calls “Unreal Sound”, the car will be able to provide directional alerts to drivers to strengthen front and rear cross traffic safety and autonomous emergency braking.
A suite of features to tackle everything from highway driving to parking will be included as an over-the-air update for the DreamDrive.
Its Highway Assist combines adaptive cruise control with lane centering control. Supporting that feature would be a driver monitoring system, which would monitor the driver’s head position, gaze and wink, alerting the driver to return their hands to the steering wheel if prompted by hands-off detection .
Traffic Jam Assist, which operates at 0 to 40 mph, helps keep the vehicle centered when lane lines are blocked by maneuvering cars.
Using the Auto Park feature, the car will control all aspects of entering and exiting the parking lot in parallel or otherwise.
The system is powered by the Lucid Air’s Ethernet ring, a data network that enables four computer gateways to communicate with each other at high speeds.
Since 2015, Tesla has offered its Autopilot technology to customers, although safety concerns regularly plague the system. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently investigating that system after several accidents involving the Autopilot.
Last month, Lucid announced that its first production cars had come off the assembly line, with deliveries to customers beginning in October.