SAIC Motor Corp, China’s major automaker, said Thursday it options to start off giving cars with automatic driving in that current market in 2022, in partnership with U.S. lidar maker Luminar Technologies.

Laser-based lidar sensors assistance detect objects ahead of and close to the car, and are a essential part of several self-driving and automatic units remaining formulated by automakers and suppliers.

California-based Luminar this thirty day period introduced a offer with the self-driving software subsidiary of Volvo Autos, owned by China’s Geely Auto Holdings, to offer a mixture hardware-software technique to other automakers.

Luminar, founded in 2012, is one particular of many U.S. lidar brands in the previous yr to go general public through reverse mergers with blank-test organizations.

SAIC, which is partnered in China with Normal Motors and Volkswagen Team, options to set up Luminar’s lidar sensors and software subsequent yr on its new R brand car line and said it expects to standardize the gear ultimately across all its cars in China.

GM and VW are creating automatic-driving know-how separately from SAIC — GM through its greater part-owned Cruise subsidiary, VW in element with Argo AI.

SAIC is an investor in Chinese lidar startup RoboSense, as effectively as other tech startups in the United States and China that are performing on many areas of self-driving cars.

To begin with, SAIC’s R line cars will have automatic-driving ability on highways, as effectively as superior driver-aid characteristics, the firm said. The cars also will have the capability in excess of time to update their self-driving ability through in excess of-the-air software updates, the firm said.

Luminar before inked lidar advancement specials with Daimler’s truck team and Intel Corp.’s Mobileye. Luminar is also slated to source lidar for Volvo’s initially automatic-driving autos in 2022.