Volvo Vehicles has delayed the introduction of its flagship electrical car, the EX90 SUV, by 5 to 6 months to mid-2024.
The announcement was made by CEO Jim Rowan on the corporate’s earnings name on July 20. The chief defined that the delay of Volvo Vehicles’ greatest product launch for the reason that XC40 in 2017 is brought on by “the complexity of the software program code” across the EX90’s LiDAR system.
Extra particularly, Volvo engineers are having issue integrating the important thing security know-how into the EX90’s new SPA2 platform that is shared with the Polestar 3.
“We’re writing plenty of [the] software program ourselves. We needed to be sure that the primary time we put lidar into our security stack … it operates in the best way it ought to,” Jim Rowan mentioned on the decision in response to Automotive Information.
He added that the delay offers Volvo engineers “a little bit bit extra time to get that performed.” Nevertheless, that additionally implies that the electrical luxurious SUV’s market debut could possibly be pushed again to the third quarter of 2024.
LiDAR is a key differentiator for Volvo, because the flagship EV is the model’s first mannequin to include LiDAR and can supply it as commonplace gear – it is non-obligatory on the Polestar 3.
Self-driving automobile sensor startup Luminar Applied sciences will provide Volvo with its Iris LiDAR and Sentinel software program, which must be built-in with Volvo software program within the EX90.
The LiDAR system is a part of the EX90’s road-monitoring system, which incorporates cameras, radars, and ultrasonic sensors. Volvo mentioned LiDAR can detect pedestrians as much as 820 toes away, even at freeway speeds. The remote-sensing LiDAR know-how makes use of laser mild pulses to render exact pictures of the atmosphere across the car.
Based on the automaker, LiDAR and different sensors on the Volvo EX90 create an “invisible protect of security” that may assist scale back accidents that end in critical accidents or dying by as much as one-fifth.
Volvo’s determination to bundle the costly know-how as commonplace gear units it aside within the business. LiDAR parts for automobiles with Stage 2 autonomous capabilities begin within the $1,500 to $2,000 vary; LiDAR for vehicles with Stage 3 capabilities are much more costly.
The choice to delay EX90 manufacturing clearly wasn’t simple for Rowan, nevertheless it reveals willpower to get the product proper out of the gate.
The EX90 would be the first EV constructed at Volvo’s plant in Ridgeville, South Carolina. Manufacturing on the 2.3 million-square-foot plant was initially scheduled to start out in late 2023, however in mild of Rowan’s announcement, it can most likely be pushed into 2024.