Full details of the Lucid Air are not yet available, but we are getting a better picture of exactly what you’ll be getting with this new all-electric sedan. The company recently revealed that the EV will have an incredibly low 0.21 coefficient of drag and said today that it will also come with a new advanced driver-assistance system called DreamDrive.
Lucid Motors says that the Air will have the “most comprehensive sensor suite” available on an EV. The Air will have a high-resolution LIDAR, a driver monitoring system and a fully redundant platform, the company says.
What this means for the real-world is that the Air will be capable of things like monitoring the surrounding areas, recognizing traffic signs, braking automatically in an emergency and notifying the driver when traffic in front of the car starts to move. Autonomous parking assist and pullout control are also part of the package.
DreamDrive is made up of 32 sensors, including cameras, radar, LiDAR and ultrasonic sensors. There is also an in-car driver monitoring system that makes sure the driver is paying the “necessary attention to the driving configuration.” DreamDrive will be standard on the first versions of the Lucid Air, but not on all models, according to today’s release.
Lucid says that by putting all of these sensors into its vehicles, it is building as future proof a vehicle as possible. One example of this is that while DreamDrive will offer 19 “key safety, driving, and parking assist features” upon launch, over-the-air updates will allow eight more to be added after it’s parked in someone’s driveway. Eugene Lee, Lucid’s senior director of ADAS and Autonomous Driving said in a statement that the Air’s hardware and software platforms will offer Level 2 self-driving features at launch and are “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.”
The company says that DreamDrive technology that is Level 3 capable in certain conditions are “in development.” Lucid told Car and Driver that it thinks Level 3 is the kind of self-driving capability it can offer its customers without adding the higher costs that Level 4 would require. Level 3 autonomous driving means that the car can handle many situations, but the person in the driver’s seat needs to be ready to take over when the car encounters a situation it can’t figure out. Level 4 means hands-off driving in more situations without any driver intervention.
Lucid will unveil the Air in a virtual event September 9 and plans to start deliveries in early 2021. The EV will have a range of over 400 miles and a 0-60 mph time of under 2.5 seconds. Lucid will build the car at its factory in Casa Grande, Arizona. We’ll keep our sensors out for its arrival.