Mobileye’s approach is to build a fully autonomous system using only cameras as sensors. It then plans to add radar and lidar later. This is significant because it makes Mobileye the second major player, after Tesla, to pursue a no-lidar approach. AutoX, comma ai, and Altmotive are some startups also taking a no-lidar approach, but they are small players. Mobileye will still add lidar for redundancy after its camera-only self-driving car is complete. However, Mobileye is much more conservative than Tesla. Amnon Shashua argues that self-driving cars have to be no less than 1,000x safer than humans to be accepted by society. Tesla, by contrast, is aiming for only 2x safer to start. It therefore stands to reason that Tesla needs less sensor redundancy than Mobileye. I don’t know whether Mobileye has explicitly said that they believe a camera-only self-driving car can achieve superhuman safety, but that seems to be the implication of what they have said. Something equally interesting: Roadshow reports that Mobileye is planning to use Valeo Scala lidar units, which are low-resolution. Whereas the classic Velodyne HDL-64E has 64 laser beams, the Valeo Scala only has 4. The Scala also has half the angular resolution — 0.8 degrees vs. 0.4 for the Velodyne HDL-64E. The new Velodyne VLS-128 has 128 beams and an angular resolution of 0.1 degrees. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Mobileye’s choice of a relatively crummy lidar unit a sign that Mobileye doesn’t think lidar is that important?