Chinese Tesla rival Xpeng will add lidar to their self-driving vehicles in 2021

Nov 20, 2020 9:11 am

Chinese electric car maker Xpeng is set to become the first passenger vehicle maker to add lidar sensors to mass-produced cars next year. The company announced on Friday the addition of the technology that could help improve the company’s autonomous driving efforts.


Lidar, short for light detection and ranging, is similar to radar but uses light instead of radio waves, offering higher precision in certain environments. The shorter waves also make it more ideal for imaging, offering better detail. However, the high cost led Tesla CEO Elon Musk to call the addition of lidar “a fool’s errand”.

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