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Tesla Tests Luminar Sensor Musk Scorned as ‘Fool’s Errand’

  • Tesla confirmed to own Model Y seen with lidar rigged to roof
  • EV maker said to have contract to use Luminar sensors in tests
Luminar Technologies lidar demonstration in Portola Valley, California.

Luminar Technologies lidar demonstration in Portola Valley, California.

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Tesla Inc., whose boss Elon Musk says he can develop a fully self-driving car without using laser-sensor technology, has a contract to use such sensors from Luminar Technologies Inc. for testing and development, according to people familiar with the matter.

A photo of a Tesla Model Y with a roof rack of lidar sensors posted to Twitter on Thursday stoked speculation that the companies were working together, sending Orlando, Florida-based Luminar’s shares up more than 10% that day. While similar images of Teslas with lidar sensors have popped up before on social media, it was unclear until now what the relationship is between Tesla and Luminar.