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Leaders in autonomous vehicle technology: The who, how and why

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Leaders in autonomous vehicle technology: The who, how and why

By Brogan Woodburn, senior content writer at Three Ships

Edge computing has become a key technology in reshaping how vehicle intelligence works. As vehicles become inundated with sensors and devices, they generate a torrent of data. The task? Efficiently process this data in real-time and within the confines of the vehicle itself. Edge computing improves on-the-spot decision-making, which is crucial for safety and navigation.

This article dives into the contributions of three trailblazing companies: Luminar Technologies, Aptiv PLC, and Cavnue. Each has found a niche using edge computing to accelerate vehicular autonomy. By looking into their innovations, we’ll learn why they stand out in this highly competitive industry.

Luminar Technologies

US-based Luminar Technologies focuses on improving autonomous vehicle safety through vision-based machine perception. Using LiDAR to measure distances and create 3D maps with high accuracy is at the heart of this breakthrough.

Rather than using the more common 905 nm, though, Luminar’s LiDAR operates in the infrared range at 1,550 nm (153 terahertz). This option improves resolution, especially at distances beyond 200 meters, and guarantees the safety of human eyes at increased power levels.

The true value of the technology lies in the improved detection it offers. This advancement will pave the way for safer autonomous vehicles by avoiding collisions before they happen.

Luminar’s portfolio features products like “Iris,” a high-performance LiDAR sensor suitable for various vehicles, and “Sentinel,” a platform merging Luminar’s LiDAR, perception software, and HD mapping tech, facilitating proactive safety and highway autonomy.

Notable partnerships with industry leaders in the automotive sector, including Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, and Nissan, have helped amplify Luminar’s impact. These collaborations have also established Luminar as an influential force in the development of autonomous vehicles.

Aptiv PLC

A global technology frontrunner, Aptiv PLC is dedicated to crafting solutions that echo the ideals of safety, environmental responsibility, and connectivity. Its vision depends on the change to software-defined vehicles, supported by electrified and intelligently linked architectures. This combination is poised to revolutionize how we perceive mobility.

Motional, Aptiv’s joint venture with Hyundai Motor Group, is pioneering innovative approaches to the development of autonomous vehicles. Their technological direction can be broken down into three categories.

The first is making great strides in developing autonomous driving tools, which have the potential to increase road safety and reduce the number of accidents that occur. The second is leading in environmentally friendly electrification solutions that reduce emissions and improve fuel economy. Their efforts to electrify transportation center on developing efficient connectors and charging mechanisms tailored to hybrid and electric cars. They have a wide range of products that can handle currents up to 250A and voltages between 400V and 1,000V. In addition, their charging options comply with international norms from places as diverse as SAE J1772 and IEC62196 Type II.

The third is enhancing the in-vehicle experience and facilitating new forms of mobility through the implementation of cutting-edge connectivity solutions.

Aptiv’s technology is based on its in-depth knowledge of software and system integration, which is supported by cutting-edge computing platforms and complex networking architectures.

Its financial footprint is impressive, boasting business bookings worth $18 billion and revenue figures touching $13.1 billion in 2020. These figures show a market-overriding growth rate of 10%. Aptiv’s dedication is demonstrated by the $1.3 billion it has allotted for engineering and the employment of more than 18,200 scientists and engineers.

Segment-wise, Aptiv exhibits versatility. The Advanced Safety & User Experience segment captures the company’s proficiency in centralized computing platforms, advanced safety solutions, and automated driving. In addition, the Signal & Power Solutions segment capitalizes on Aptiv’s legacy, providing the requisite high-speed data and high-power electrical infrastructures integral for high-functionality, automated vehicles.


Leading tech firm Cavnue has a clear goal: merge technology with road infrastructure to maximize the benefits of connected and autonomous vehicles. This isn’t just about the vehicles themselves, it’s about creating the entire ecosystem (the roads, digital tools, coordination methods, and operational rules) to support them.

In 2022, Cavnue raised $130 million. This funding is set to create a top-tier road network specially designed for connected and automated vehicles. With the backing of major industry partners, Cavnue is speeding up its ongoing projects.

A major venture to note is its project in Michigan. Known as the heartland of the automobile industry and a major hub for automotive research, it’s here that Cavnue is building a unique connected road corridor. Alongside this, the company is working on a digital version of current roads. This “digital twin” will allow Cavnue to test its technologies in a simulated environment before hitting real roads.

But Cavnue isn’t working alone. Its advisory committee is packed with industry big names, including Argo AI, Ford Motor Company, and Toyota. These partnerships, coupled with collaborations from both the private and public sectors, solidify Cavnue’s position in the industry.

In simple terms, Cavnue is combining tech solutions with road infrastructure to pave the way for the next phase of transportation.

A final word

Edge computing companies are not just innovating; they’re revolutionizing the way we think about transportation. From Luminar Technologies’ advancements in LiDAR to Aptiv’s multifaceted approach to green, safe, and connected solutions and Cavnue’s mission to transform road infrastructure, the landscape of self-driving vehicles is shifting at a breakneck pace.

Understanding these pioneering companies is more than just about knowledge. It’s about preparing for a future where roads are safer, journeys are efficient, and the line between vehicles and technology blurs. As we transition into this new era of transformations, it’s clear that these companies are not just participants but the trailblazers leading the charge.

One arena set for transformation is car insurance. With the rise of AI-driven data analytics, insurers can make accurate risk assessments, offer personalized premiums, and provide quicker claims processing. The integration of AI means that insurance can evolve in tandem with autonomous technology, ensuring that as our vehicles become smarter, our safety nets do too.

As we drive forward into this technologically advanced era, it’s evident that these companies aren’t just riding the wave. They are propelling us to the future.

About the author

Brogan Woodburn is a senior content writer at Three Ships focusing on auto insurance, warranties, loans, and car buying.

DISCLAIMER: Guest posts are submitted content. The views expressed in this post are that of the author, and don’t necessarily reflect the views of Edge Industry Review (

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