Autonomous cars are in the new with increasing frequency, and lidar company Luminar has recently partnered with Volvo Cars to make those artificially intelligent vehicles a part of the near future driving experience. Volvo is both purchasing lidar sensors from Luminar and investing in the company in order to fuel the technology's rapid growth.
Lidar sensors are, in the simplest terms, the things that let autonomous vehicles see. The tech is based on the same principles as that of radar, but it makes use of laser light rather than radio waves. This makes it both fast enough to take in the degree of sensory input necessary for driving while also accurate enough to pick up all the minute details on the road.