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Israeli LiDAR and computer vision technology provider Innoviz Technologies is partnering with HiRain Technologies to supply autonomous driving systems to Chinese carmakers.

Beijing-based automotive electronics supplier HiRain is integrating Innoviz’s MEMs-based solid-state LiDAR into its products, which are developed with an eye to mass production. It is supporting Levels 1-3 of driving assistance; developing higher-level autopilot technologies; and working on environmental awareness, sensor fusion, intelligent decision-making, control execution, system integration and simulation testing.

Innoviz, which also offers a complete computer vision software stack with deep learning and algorithms to turn 3D vision into critical driving insights, said in a statement: “The availability of Innoviv’s LiDAR within HiRain’s autonomous driving system gives HiRain customers access to Innoviz’s long-range scanning and superior object detection capabilities for self-driving vehicles. Innoviz LiDAR enables autonomous vehicles to sense their surroundings with unparalleled clarity and accuracy, even at long distances, in varying weather and light conditions, and in multi-LiDAR environments.”

Innoviz CEO Omer Keilaf pointed out: “China is helping lead the way towards the autonomous vehicle future, and HiRain is one of the most influential companies in the Chinese automotive industry. Last year, around 26 million vehicles were manufactured in China, making it by far the largest automotive manufacturing country in the world. The HiRain team has extensive experience with driver assistance and autonomous driving systems in China and we are honoured to partner with them. Together, we will help Chinese auto manufacturers achieve the standards they demand for safe and reliable LiDAR sensors, at the price point they desire.”

In a separate deal recently announced, the InnovizOne LiDAR and the company’s computer vision software are also to be supplied to BMW for production vehicles.

-Farah Alkhalisi