Delphi Automotive is partnering with and taking a minority stake in Israeli lidar-maker Innoviz Technologies.
The supplier said Friday the commercial partnership will help it achieve longer-range sensing for Level 3 and higher autonomous driving capabilities. Delphi declined to disclose the amount of the investment.
Innoviz was founded two years ago by former members of the Israeli Defense Forces. The sensor-maker specializes in solid-state lidar, which can scan the environment surrounding the vehicle without requiring a spinning component.
In a meeting with reporters, Delphi Chief Technology Officer Glen De Vos said the supplier will continue to work with solid-state lidar-maker Quanergy, as a diverse sensor suite will be necessary for automated driving. Delphi bought an undisclosed stake in Quanergy in 2015.
"Ultimately, we need solid-state lidar for OEM production," De Vos said. "We need a couple different types of lidar for the system to work."
He added that the combination of lidar, radar and cameras creates the highest level of confidence in the vehicle accurately perceiving its environment. De Vos estimated that the supplier will achieve a production-level sensor suite by 2020.
"We want to make sure we have access to what we think are all the best technologies," he said.