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Stellantis has chosen Valeo’s third-generation LiDAR to equip multiple models of its different automotive brands from 2024. The Valeo SCALA 3 LiDAR will enable these vehicles to be certified for level 3 automation, allowing drivers to safely take their hands off the steering wheel and their eyes off the road.

Valeo’s third-generation LiDAR recreates a 3D image of the vehicle’s surroundings using a point cloud, and can map the ground topology and detect road markings.

It also features embedded high performance software based on artificial intelligence algorithms, which enables it to steer the vehicle’s trajectory, anticipating obstacle-free zones on the road ahead.

Yves Bonnefont, Chief Software Officer and member of Stellantis’ Top Executive Team, says: “What sets cars apart from others today is the driving experience they offer. Thanks to our L3 autonomous driving solution leveraging Valeo’s latest generation LiDAR, we will offer a more enjoyable driving experience and give back time to the driver during their journeys.”

Marc Vrecko, President of Valeo’s Comfort & Driving Assistance Systems Business Group, adds: “A new chapter in driving assistance systems is being written with our partners at Stellantis. Level 3 vehicle automation can only be achieved with LiDAR technology. Without it, some objects cannot be detected. Yet at this level of autonomy, the system’s perception capabilities must be extremely precise. Our third-generation Valeo SCALA LiDAR offers a resolution nearly 50 times that of the second-generation device. The technology comes with unique data collection features, allowing Stellantis to pave the way for new vehicle experiences.”

Valeo’s third generation LiDAR makes driving safer and gives time back to the driver, such as when traveling at low or medium speed in heavy traffic.

Through its data collection capabilities, this LiDAR will enable new services to be offered to Stellantis’ customers.

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