Mercedes and Luminar pen F1 safety car deal

Company's 3D-mapping technology to enhance safety car driver's ability to assess track conditions.

Mercedes and Luminar have expanded their partnership to help improve the Formula One safety car, subject to approval from Formula One and the International Automobile Federation (FIA).

Confirmed:

  • Work to integrate Luminar’s technology into the safety car begins this year
  • Expansion of Luminar’s consumer-facing partnership with Mercedes-Benz road cars

Context:

LiDAR, which stands for Light and Detection Racing, uses lasers to create a highly detailed 3D map of the surrounding environment. In the safety car, the technology would analyse the environment as it drives around the track, enhancing the safety car driver’s ability to assess the situation on the track while maintaining the required high speeds.

Comment:

Toto Wolff, Mercedes’ chief executive and team principal, said: “I am delighted that we have launched this new partnership with Luminar. I have been thoroughly impressed by their journey so far, their technology and the work they have done.

“It is a truly thrilling and innovative area which will have far-reaching implications for the automotive industry and mobility more generally.

“Our collaboration will utilise the initial development work between Luminar and Mercedes-Benz as a bedrock, and I am excited to see how we can build on that. Luminar’s culture of innovation and entrepreneurship also fits incredibly well with our own ethos and values so this is a natural collaboration.”

Coming next:

The record-breaking 2024 Formula One season sees the first of its 24 races take place in Bahrain on 2nd March.

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