Monthly Archives: October 2017

USIBD Symposium 2017 Next Week

The 2017 USIBD Symposium is being held next week November 6 – 8 in conjunction with the BIM Forum in Dallas, TX. Here are some of the presentations: • “New and Exciting Methods for Documenting & Analyzing Buildings”, Philip Lorenzo, … Continue reading

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Ford’s Argo AI Acquires Princeton Lightwave

Ford Motor Co’s (F.N) Argo AI unit, which develops software for self-driving vehicles, is buying Princeton Lightwave in a move that will certainly strengthen the team’s intellectual property, particularly when it comes to Geiger-mode lidar. It will be very interesting … Continue reading

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Mapping Escape Routes

Researchers at the U.S. Forest Service and University of Utah are working together to utilize lidar to help firefighters plan escape routes from wildland fires. “What we’re doing is using lidar to map the most efficient routes to safety for … Continue reading

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Impact of Lidar Pulse Density on Estimating Biomass

Airborne lidar is well-suited for mapping many forest attributes, including aboveground biomass (AGB) stocks and changes in selective logging in tropical forests. However, trade-offs still exist between lidar pulse density and accuracy of AGB estimates. This team of researchers assessed … Continue reading

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Velodyne Sponsors AutoDrive Challenge

In what is reminiscent of its start in the DARPA Challenge, Velodyne LiDAR Inc., the world leader in 3D vision systems for autonomous vehicles, today announced that it is a sponsor and core technology provider for LiDAR sensors for SAE … Continue reading

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Fully Autonomous Vehicles Many Years Away

Earlier this year Ford invested $1 billion in startup firm Argo AI. Based in Pittsburgh, the idea is to help Ford it in its quest to launch the company’s first autonomous car by 2021. It seems like I am seeing … Continue reading

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GM Acquires Lidar Company

General Motors Co recently announced it acquired LIDAR technology company Strobe, Inc. As part of the deal, Strobe’s engineering talent joins GM’s Cruise Automation team to define and develop next-generation LIDAR solutions for self-driving vehicles. “Strobe’s LIDAR technology will significantly … Continue reading

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Velodyne Quadruples Production

While many of the autonomous vehicle, lidar start-ups are still in the R&D stage Velodyne is delivering on its promise to significantly ramp up production of their proven lidar sensor technology. “Velodyne leads the market in real-time 3D LiDAR systems … Continue reading

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Waymo Seeking $1 Billion

Here’s the latest update on the Waymo vs. Uber lidar lawsuit as reported by Joe Mullin: The lawsuit began in February, when Waymo accused Anthony Levandowski, the chief of Uber’s self-driving car project, of stealing more than 14,000 files shortly … Continue reading

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Feature Extraction Webinar

Certainty 3D is hosting a free webinar on Wednesday October 25 from 11 to 11:30 EDT. The focus will be on the upcoming release of TopoDOT 10.6. Features include vertical and encroachment clearance tools as well as the official release … Continue reading

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