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By Stephen Nellis SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The head of the autonomous car subsidiary of Intel Corp (NASDAQ 🙂 said on Tuesday the company wants to switch to using its own radar-based technology and using a single lidar sensor per vehicle. by 2025 in an attempt to reduce the cost of autonomous driving. Mobileye (F 🙂 has adopted a different strategy than many of its autonomous car competitors, with a current camera-based system assisting cars with adaptive cruise control and lane-change assist. Those systems are in circulation today and are collecting data to help Mobileye map the roads in new cities. For more advanced systems, the company plans to add radar sensors, which use radio waves to detect the distance of objects, and lidar, a laser-based system that helps autonomous vehicles get a three-dimensional view of the road. For a planned fleet of so-called robotaxis, which are commercial vehicles intended to carry passengers, the company is using sensors from Luminar Technologies Inc.In a presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show, Chief Executive Amnon Shashua said Tuesday that Mobileye’s robotaxis Use multiple Luminar units to get 360 degree camera, radar and lidar coverage throughout your vehicle. The robotaxis that will be deployed in at least eight cities beginning in 2022 will each have four Luminar units, Shashua said in a subsequent question-and-answer session. But Mobileye is also developing its own lidar sensor that it plans to start using in 2025 for consumer cars. That 2025 consumer system will feature a single lidar unit in front of the front of the vehicle, while cameras and a new radar-based system that Mobileye is also developing will cover the entire vehicle. Shashua said Mobileye is developing new ways to process radar data with software that will make the radar more powerful. Radar sensors are cheaper than lidar but provide a less detailed image. “The difference between radars and lidars in terms of cost is an order of magnitude,” he said. “No matter what people tell you about how to reduce the cost of lidar, the radar is ten times lower. We are building lidars, so I know exactly the cost of lidars.” In a statement, Mobileye said it plans to continue using Luminar lidars “as much as possible” after introducing its own lidar sensors. Mobileye plans to offer its autonomous driving technology to automakers as separate components, which means automakers could choose a Mobileye system but use Luminar sensors for lidar units. Luminar declined to comment.