Who owns the future of autonomous vehicles?

By Bruce Rubinger

LiDAR has emerged as a foundational technology in the race to develop self-driving cars. Whoever owns the relevant intellectual property in this area looks set to have a significant edge in the new sector

While the transformational impact of autonomous vehicles (AVs) over the next 10 years has been much discussed, there has been little specific focus on how to achieve this goal effectively and the key role to be played by intellectual property. In the race to mass produce safe and affordable AVs, light detection and ranging (LiDAR) has emerged as a key enabling technology. LiDAR allows a detailed 360-degree view of the surrounding environment and plays a critical role in the plans of many potential AV players. However, LiDAR faces stiff technical, performance and cost challenges. In this environment companies with a strong IP position will emerge as big winners.

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