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France's Valeo testing Level 4 self-driving technology in Japan

Parts major seeks to confirm capabilities of its LiDAR sensor amid global race

The monitor on the dashboard of Valeo's Level 4 prototype self-driving car shows obstacles and other objects recognized by the system.

TOKYO -- Valeo, a major French auto parts supplier, is testing autonomous driving technology in Japan. The trial of the self-driving system uses a combination of three dimensional maps and information gained from communications between the vehicle and traffic lights.

Valeo launched the test in 2019 and its focus is LiDAR, technology that uses near-infrared light to detect the shape of objects around it. The company is seeking to assess the capability and reliability of its own LiDAR technology as part of its efforts to achieve what is called Level 4 autonomy, which means fully self-driving but limited to specific locations and/or conditions.

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