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  • Jason - We shipped the first Hydra in April of 2018.

  • We were able to take the lessons from Hydra

  • and apply them to Iris.

  • From Hydra to Iris, we've made improvements in all aspects.

  • So we have all the performance improvements and enhancements

  • in our algorithms and in our overall design for stability

  • and manufacturing and high volume production as well.

  • On all fronts, Iris is a stepwise improvement

  • on the core technology that we've developed.

  • So right now, Iris is exactly on schedule.

  • Actually, some of the engineering validation

  • is ahead of schedule.

  • We've been on schedule with all of our deliverables

  • and milestones with our partners to date.

  • At Volvo, our Iris sensor has been integrated

  • into the vehicle,

  • their program with the integration of Iris is on schedule.

  • Lonnie - The progress we've made on Iris in the last

  • 18 months has been unbelievable.

  • We've gone from concept of an amazing product

  • to actually building our first A samples and B samples,

  • shipping them to our customers and getting amazing feedback.

  • Literally bringing up the capability

  • of building this auto grade product

  • on a very aggressive schedule

  • and really proving that we can do it.

  • Jason - Hitting auto grade specs is a nontrivial issue.

  • Over the last quarter,

  • we've been able to execute our engineering validation

  • and prove that our sensor

  • can meet the automotive requirements

  • and the specifications needed for autonomous driving

  • based off simulations in our design

  • in our rigorous engineering process.

  • We knew what our performance would be

  • even before we tested the sensor.

  • We proved that from minus 40 C to 85 C,

  • the sensor would work exactly as designed.

  • So we put the sensor through an extreme amount of testing

  • for vibration and shock,

  • through our design validation process,

  • right from our first test,

  • Iris has met those specs as well by design.

  • Lonnie - We at Luminar we're blessed with having the resources

  • to truly invest in the key technologies

  • that enable our product to be different.

  • We have expertise in house

  • that are literally developing the processes

  • that it takes to make the units,

  • right along with the engineers that are developing them

  • from concept, through high volume production with one team.

  • So we then have that expertise and we can then transfer it

  • to different partners at different regions around the world.

  • Our first partner is in North America, it's in Mexico.

  • So we'll be able to transfer that knowledge.

  • Meanwhile, we retain that expertise,

  • that if a different partner at another region of the world

  • whether it be Europe or Asia,

  • you can also transfer it to them as well.

  • We're in the process today of transferring that product

  • throughout the global supply chain,

  • where we're partnering with amazing partners

  • who are able to help us go from building hundreds

  • to building millions as we go forward.

  • Once you have the product designed

  • and the automation set in place,

  • there's nothing holding you back from mass producing it

  • on one line to two lines to 10 lines

  • from one site, to two sites to 10 sites.

  • Jason - By the end of the year,

  • we'll have gone through our production validation phase

  • and prepared ourselves to execute mass production.

  • (upbeat music)

  • It's a huge amount of growth

  • not just for the technology itself, but for the company.

  • And when you start to see it come to life

  • and you start to see the fruits of the labor

  • that had been put in for years begin to shine,

  • it's an amazing feeling.

  • That's where we're at with Iris right now.

  • We're seeing the performance of the system

  • that's gonna enable this new experience

  • and it's extremely exciting.

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The Path to Series Production: Q1 Update

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    joey joey posted on 2021/05/24
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