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Driverless Car-Crash Prevention Fuels Autoliv Acquisitions Hunt

  • CEO Jan Carlson says Autoliv in talks with Lidar laser makers
  • Carlson prefers acquisitions or JVs to add technology
DENVER, CO - March 16: A crash test dummy in the drivers seat of a 2016 Toyota Avalon 4-door Limited at the Denver Auto Show at the Colorado Convention Center March 16, 2016. The Denver Auto Show, which runs from Wednesday at 5 p.m. and closes Sunday at 6 p.m., features all the latest car and truck models from many of the industries manufacturers.
Photographer: Andy Cross/Denver Post via Getty Images

With an eye on a future with self-driving vehicles, Swedish airbag maker Autoliv Inc. wants to expand in technology aimed at avoiding collisions rather than just trying to limit their devastating effects.

The world’s biggest maker of car-safety parts is seeking acquisitions and joint ventures in systems such as Lidar, a technology that uses lasers to detect objects, Chief Executive Officer Jan Carlson said in an interview last week in Stockholm. Autoliv has “discussions ongoing” with some companies, the CEO said.