Polestar and Luminar are collaborating to integrate long-range LiDAR technology in future Polestar vehicles.
- Under existing partnership, Luminar supplies LiDAR for Polestar 3
- New expanded partnership extends scope to future cars, now including Polestar 5
- Polestar 3 with LiDAR now available to order at Polestar.com
GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN and ORLANDO, FLORIDA – 02 February 2023 – Polestar (Nasdaq: PSNY) and Luminar (Nasdaq: LAZR) are expanding their collaboration and integration of long-range LiDAR technology in future Polestar vehicles. The utilisation of LiDAR technology continues to gain momentum as the global focus on next-generation safety and autonomy increases.
The expanded partnership provides a foundation to collaborate on the industrial design and integration of Luminar’s 3D laser scanning technology which will be featured on Polestar’s future vehicles, now also including Polestar 5 – the electric 4-door GT expected to launch in 2024 based on the Polestar Precept concept car.
The two companies have an existing partnership via Volvo Cars for Luminar to supply the LiDAR technology for Polestar 3, Polestar’s first SUV which was launched and went on sale in initial launch markets in October 2022. Coinciding with the announcement, sales of Polestar 3 including LiDAR from Luminar have been brought forward, enabling customers to place orders now, with deliveries expected in 2024.
“Luminar is at the forefront of long-range LiDAR technology and this closer collaboration will allow for greater innovation in our cars to come. We look forward to combining our R&D and product design expertise to deliver truly stunning LiDAR integration and capabilities for the Polestar brand,”comments Polestar CEO, Thomas Ingenlath.
“As we successfully execute together, Polestar’s conviction in Luminar and the value of our technology has continued to accelerate. With this new expanded partnership and our shared pioneering spirit, we will push the boundaries of automotive technology and design into new territories for the next generation,”says Austin Russell, Founder and CEO of Luminar.
Orders for Polestar 3 with LiDAR from Luminar start in all European and North American Polestar markets on 2 February. Orders in Australia follow slightly later in February, and are planned to start in China from mid-April. Orders in all other Polestar markets are expected to start at a later date.
Deliveries of orders for Polestar 3 without LiDAR, which opened on the day of the world premiere, 12 October 2022, are expected in Q4 2023. First deliveries of Polestar 3 with LiDAR are expected in late 2024. There is no change to the existing expected delivery timing on Polestar 3 overall, or the series production timing of Luminar’s LiDAR independent of Polestar.
Polestar is the Swedish electric performance car brand determined to improve society by using design and technology to accelerate the shift to sustainable mobility. Headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, its cars are available online in 27 markets globally across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The company plans to create the first truly climate-neutral production car, without offsetting, by 2030.
Polestar 2 launched in 2019 as the electric performance fastback with avant-garde Scandinavian design and up to 350 kW. Polestar 3 launched in late 2022as the SUV for the electric age – a large high-performance SUV that delivers sports car dynamics with a low stance and spacious interior. Polestar plans to release three more electric performance vehicles through to 2026.