Giant tech companies are fighting over the technology in court. Start-ups around the world are racing to develop new versions of it. And engineers say it is essential to making autonomous cars safe. The obscure object of desire: lidar. "We believe it will be the basis for autonomous driving," said Guillaume Devauchelle, who oversees innovation at Valeo, a major parts supplier to automakers.
Sensor-based technologies are playing a key role in making artificial intelligence (AI) possible in various fields. LiDAR is one of the most promising sensor-based technology, used in autonomous vehicles or self-driving cars and became essential for such autonomous machines to get aware of its surroundings and drive properly without any collision risks. Autonomous vehicles already use various sensors and LiDAR is one of them that helps to detect the objects in-depth. So, right here we will discuss LiDAR technology, how it works, and why it is important for autonomous vehicles or self-driving cars. LIDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging is a kind of remote sensing technology using the light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure ranges (variable distances) to the Earth.
Those questions have dominated the great sensor debate in self-driving technology. But there's been less attention paid to the promise of thermal sensing. Following the highly publicized fatality in Arizona involving one of Uber's self-driving vehicles, the case for thermal has gotten a lot stronger. Now companies like FLIR Systems and AdaSky, which make competing thermal cameras, are hitting the publicity trail to press their case to a public that's newly wary of the blistering pace of development of self-driving vehicles. At issue are the compromises inherent in any sensor technology.
The AI car computer called Drive PX will be combined with German automotive supplier ZF's self-driving platform in a fleet test planned by package delivery and logistics vendor Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL). The goal is solving one of the biggest challenges for automating package delivery: getting deliveries the "last mile" between a central location to their final destination. The 2018 demonstration will use the package delivery company's (ETR: DPW) fleet of 3,400 electric delivery vehicles outfitted with cameras, radar and lidar (light detection and ranging). Sensor data is fed into an AI platform based on Drive PX. The partners claimed the combination can leverage AI and deep learning to allow autonomous vehicles to understand its surroundings, plot and drive along a safe route, and then park itself at the delivery point.
Alphabet subsidiary Waymo announced today that it is going to let companies use its powerful sensor technology for purposes other than self-driving vehicles. It will start by selling one of its lidars: a 3D perimeter sensor that can measure distance by sending out pulses of laser light called the Laser Bear Honeycomb. The sensor, which will only be available to select partners of Waymo, is typically used on the bumpers of autonomous vehicles. Waymo's Laser Bear Honeycomb is a tool capable of sensing its environment. It has a vertical field of view (FOV) of 95 degrees -- significantly wider than the standard lidar's 30-degree FOV -- and a 360-degree horizontal view.