Sounds like it'll Drive like a Dream

When the Lucid Air hits the market in early 2021, it will employ one of, if not the most advanced suite of driver-assist systems.

According to Lucid Motors, the all-electric Air will be the first electric vehicle offered with the combination of an advanced sensor suite, high-resolution LIDAR, a driver monitoring system, and a fully redundant platform as standard equipment on all vehicles. 

The Ford Mustang Mach-E looks to have a similar ADAS system, including the use of LIDAR and a driver monitoring system called Active Drive Assist. However, unlike the Lucid Air, Mach-E customers will have to pay extra if they want the system, as it's included in the Ford Co-Pilot 360 Active 2.0 Prep Package. 

Lucid has named their ADAS system DreamDrive and has this to say about the system: "The first-of-its-kind platform combines the most comprehensive sensor suite on the market with a cutting-edge driver monitoring system, all standard on the first versions of the Lucid Air."

The key features delivered by DreamDrive:


Safety:

  • Surround View Monitoring
  • Blind Spot Display
  • Cross Traffic Protection
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Alerts for distracted or drowsy drivers

Driving:

  • Full Speed Highway Assist (Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Centering)
  • Traffic Drive-Off Alert
  • Headlight Assist

Parking:

  • Autonomous Parking Assist
  • Pullout Control
  • Maneuver Comfort Braking
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Lucid's DreamDrive technology suite supports 19 key safety, driving, and parking assist features that will be available on Lucid Air upon the start of production. There are also another eight features Lucid tells us are expected to be available at a later date and will be deployed via over-the-air (OTA) updates. The Air will launch with Level 2 Autonomous driving ability but additional DreamDrive capabilities that will enable Level 3 driving continue to be in development.

“We have developed Lucid DreamDrive to be among the most advanced ADAS to ever be offered to consumers,” said Dr. Eugene Lee, Senior Director, ADAS and Autonomous Driving, Lucid Motors. “By prioritizing safety and updateability, DreamDrive also sets the stage for offering increasingly sophisticated driver assistance features. We have ensured that the Lucid DreamDrive hardware and software platform not only offers a full suite of Level 2 features, but is also Level 3 ready, which means we’ll be able to quickly add features and functions over-the-air throughout the lifetime of Lucid Air and for future Lucid models.”

One (Ethernet) Ring to rule the car

Lucid tells us the Lucid DreamDrive is the first ADAS system built upon a high-speed "Ethernet Ring", a unique cornerstone of Lucid Air’s advanced electric architecture, which additionally serves as a fully redundant platform for key functions such as steering, brakes, sensors, and more. This includes redundant independent power sources and communications paths, fail-operational actuators, and fault-tolerant computation. 

Lucid partnered with key commercial suppliers for DreamDrive’s industry-best hardware systems, including Here, Continental, and Bosch. However, we're told all of the work of integrating the systems into Lucid DreamDrive is conducted entirely in-house.

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Lucid will reveal the production version of the Lucid Air in an online reveal event to be held on September 9th, 2020. Lucid had previously planned to reveal the production Air at the New York Auto Show in April. However, the COVID-19 crisis forced the show's cancellation. In addition to the vehicle’s final interior and exterior designs, Lucid tells us that new details about production specifications, available configurations, and pricing information will also be announced.

Gallery: Lucid Air Achieves 0.21 Coefficient of Drag

We're looking forward to the Lucid Air's launch. Personally, I put it right up there with the Volkswagen ID.3 and the Mustang Mach-E in terms of electric vehicles I can't win to drive, and also to see how the market responds to its availability. 

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Lucid Motors Announces DreamDrive, 

an Advanced Driver-Assistance System that Debuts in the Lucid Air


Lucid Air to be the first electric vehicle offered with the combination of an advanced sensor suite, high-resolution LIDAR, a driver monitoring system, and a fully redundant platform


NEWARK, CA, July 28, 2020 — Lucid Motors, which seeks to set new standards for sustainable transportation with its advanced luxury EVs, today announced DreamDrive, a new benchmark in advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). The first-of-its-kind platform combines the most comprehensive sensor suite on the market with a cutting-edge driver monitoring system, all standard on the first versions of the Lucid Air. Taken as a whole, DreamDrive signals Lucid’s intent to deliver sophisticated assisted driving capabilities in its vehicles.


When customer deliveries of the Lucid Air begin in early 2021, the pure-electric luxury car is expected to be the first to market with the combination of a driver monitoring system and a sensor suite that includes high-resolution LIDAR, fitting these future-proofed technologies as standard equipment. The DreamDrive technology suite supports 19 key safety, driving, and parking assist features that will be available on Lucid Air immediately upon start of production, with another eight features expected to be available later via over-the-air (OTA) updates. Additional DreamDrive capabilities to enable Level 3 driving in certain conditions are also in development.


“We have developed Lucid DreamDrive to be among the most advanced ADAS to ever be offered to consumers,” said Dr. Eugene Lee, Senior Director, ADAS and Autonomous Driving, Lucid Motors. “By prioritizing safety and updateability, DreamDrive also sets the stage for offering increasingly sophisticated driver assistance features. We have ensured that the Lucid DreamDrive hardware and software platform not only offers a full suite of Level 2 features, but is also Level 3 ready, which means we’ll be able to quickly add features and functions over-the-air throughout the lifetime of Lucid Air and for future Lucid models.” 


Lucid Air will come to market with 32 sensors comprised of the latest cameras and radar, as well as a front-facing, long-range LIDAR sensor with the equivalent of 125 beams. Also included in this multi-model sensor suite is an in-car driver monitoring system designed to share relevant information with the driver while ensuring their necessary attention to the driving configuration. As with the vehicle’s other software systems, upgrades will be delivered over-the-air throughout the lifetime of the car, including new ADAS functionality and service offerings.


Lucid DreamDrive is also the first ADAS system built upon a high-speed Ethernet Ring, a unique cornerstone of Lucid Air’s advanced electric architecture, which additionally serves as a fully redundant platform for key functions such as steering, brakes, sensors, and more. This includes redundant independent power sources and communications paths, fail-operational actuators, and fault-tolerant computation. 


“Lucid Motors is laser-focused on delivering the world’s best luxury car, embodying the most advanced powertrain and safety systems possible, all designed and developed in-house,” said Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO, Lucid Motors. “Our customers expect that philosophy to extend to the Lucid Air’s ADAS, and for that we’ve developed a highly advanced, future-proof system that brings forth an unparalleled combination of sensors and software.”


Lucid worked with key commercial partners for DreamDrive’s best-of-breed hardware systems, including Here, Continental, and Bosch. However, the work of integrating these systems into Lucid DreamDrive is conducted entirely in-house. 


The key features delivered by DreamDrive include, but are not limited to:


Safety:

Surround View Monitoring
Blind Spot Display
Cross Traffic Protection
Traffic Sign Recognition
Automatic Emergency Braking
Alerts for distracted or drowsy drivers

Driving:

Full Speed Highway Assist (Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Centering)
Traffic Drive-Off Alert
Headlight Assist

Parking:

Autonomous Parking Assist
Pullout Control
Maneuver Comfort Braking

The production version of the Lucid Air will debut in an online reveal on September 9, 2020. In addition to the vehicle’s final interior and exterior designs, new details about production specifications, available configurations, and pricing information will also be shared. 


About Lucid Motors

Lucid’s mission is to inspire the adoption of sustainable transportation by creating the most captivating electric vehicles, centered around the human experience. The company’s first car, the Lucid Air, is a state-of-the-art luxury sedan, featuring a California-inspired design underpinned by race-proven technology. Featuring luxurious interior space in a mid-size exterior footprint, the Air will be capable of over 400 miles range and 0-60 mph in under 2.5 seconds. Production of the Lucid Air will take place at Lucid’s factory in Casa Grande, Arizona. 


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