Luminar and Volvo Show Off High-Res, Long-Range Lidar

Luminar’s lidar is on display in a Volvo concept car, and the point is to show how the laser-based sensor dovetails with Volvo’s system for reading pedestrians’ body language.

At the impressive distance of 250 meters, Luminar’s lidar can provide enough detail to let Volvo do what the carmaker calls “pose estimation.” This means getting an actual representation of a person, “including individual limbs, such as arms and legs—a level of detail not previously possible with this type of sensor,” Volvo said, in a release. It’s the sort of thing you’d need to know to confirm that an object is human, and then to guess which way he or she is likely to move.