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Future Vehicles - Ouster Tests Latest High-Tech LiDAR On New Subaru Outback

The 2021 Subaru Outback is the first car to get outfitted with new LiDAR sensors for self-driving cars. What does it mean for customers in the future?


What high-tech features will Subaru vehicles like the 2021 Outback come with in the future? Ouster Inc, a U.S. startup that makes LiDAR sensors for self-driving cars, tests the new technology on an Outback wagon. According to Reuters' latest report, a deal with Velodyne LiDAR Inc, Luminar, Innoviz, and Aeva make San Francisco-based Ouster worth $1.9 billion.

The report reveals the Outback outfitted with Ouster's LiDAR is used in scanning the area on self-driving vehicles. The San Francisco company has been testing the Subaru vehicle since September 2019.

2021 Subaru Outback, features, specs

Subaru has its LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) system it's already using on its next-generation EyeSight X driver-assist technology. LiDAR sensors use laser light pulses to render precise images of the environment around the car. Subaru and other automakers see the technology as essential to allow higher driver assistance levels right up to making them capable of self-driving.

What does it mean for future cars?

Ouster co-founder and Chief Executive Angus Pacala says, "The vision of the future that we're pushing towards is LiDAR on every vehicle on earth, every moving object on earth and every piece of intelligent fixed infrastructure on earth, in the same way, that camera technology has propagated and become ubiquitous in the last 20 years."

2021 Subaru Outback, features, specs

Subaru wants to be the global leader in safety and wants zero fatal accidents in its cars by 2030. Subaru says its new generation EyeSight X system scans everything captured by stereo cameras enabling the automaker to offer advanced features such as pre-collision braking at an intersection and assisting with hands-off driving on congested highways.

A report from Embedded Computing Design says the cameras and four external radars capture images of cars, pedestrians, and lane dividers, which the system then analyzes and, if needed, sends signals to the steering and brakes to take corrective action. "These actions could include accelerating, decelerating, changing direction, flashing lights, honking, and other methods of alerting drivers of possible danger."

Subaru does not currently offer the next-generation EyeSight X on any models in the U.S. market. The 2022 Subaru Outback could be the next model to be outfitted with the new technology. Stay tuned.

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Don Levin (not verified)    December 27, 2020 - 4:48PM

This article begins saying future Subaru Outbacks may use Lidar. Later it links to an Embedded article from Sept about preorders for 2020 Levorg using four Radars. But the Second Fig 3 in the link has Radar AND Lidar. Radar uses Radio waves while Lidar Light waves. A few sentences clarifying this would help. Kudos Subaru, a relatively small car manufacturer, leading with R&D to make us safer with latest tech like Lidar. Radar dates from WW2 while Lidar is new, expensive, requires enormous processing to separate signal from noise.