Infineon buys Dutch firm in push to control driverless cars


By Eric Auchard
| FRANKFURT

FRANKFURT Infineon Technologies AG (IFXGn.DE) has acquired Dutch electronics company Innoluce BV, a designer of miniature “lidar” laser-scanning modules that the German chip giant says can help it develop affordable sensor systems for driverless cars.

The German firm’s head of its automotive business said on Tuesday the acquisition of Innoluce will help it drive down the cost of light detection and ranging sensors (lidar) for use in guidance systems for mass-market vehicles.

“We intend to make lidar an affordable feature for every new-built car worldwide,” Peter Schiefer said in a statement.

Lidar employs laser beams to measure the distance to objects near a vehicle, enabling car control systems to identify road ways, traffic signs, pavement markings, and overhead bridges and other potential obstacles.

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