There’s probably no hotter – and controversial – automotive technology today than lidar. Estimates are more than 70 start-ups are racing to develop the laser-based technology that is seen as essential to advanced automated-driving systems of the future by some and as entirely unnecessary by others. The naysayers include Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who has characterized lidar as “a fool’s errand” and suggested anyone relying on the technology “is ...

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