Monthly Archives: February 2018

Beyond Visual Line of Sight

As with any new technology it always seems that there is a “holy grail” that if achieved would unleash its true potential. In the case of UAVs it is BVLOS – beyond visual line of sight operations. This would open … Continue reading

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Mobile Data Made Easy

Unlocking the information value of mobile scan and image data for everyone in a large organization like a transportation agency is the goal of the Leica GeoSystems Pegasus:WebViewer. The Pegasus:WebViewer is the new web browser independent data sharing platform for … Continue reading

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Digital Preservation in the Philippines

With 53 volcanoes the Philippines are a significant part of the the Pacific Ring of Fire. In addition to this threat they must also deal with cyclones and earthquakes on a regular basis. In October of 2013 a 7.2-magnitude earthquake … Continue reading

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Data Capture with Smart Phones

UK – based Bluesky is reporting impressive results from their use of smart phones to collect and calibrate video footage which is then converted to highly accurate 3D information. During the project, Bluesky tested a number of hardware, software and … Continue reading

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Ranking Automated Driving Systems

Consulting firm Navigant Research recently released a report ranking the automobile vendors automated driving systems. As you can see there are some surprising results. Given their resources you might expect Ford, Daimler, VW and GM to be near the top, … Continue reading

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Lidar More Important Than GPS

Looking back to the early 90’s  it is hard not to rank GPS in the top five technologies especially in  terms of its impact on the average consumer. The Internet would have to be at the top of the list, … Continue reading

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Waymo and Uber Settle

After five days in court the two sides in the Waymo vs. Uber lawsuit have to the surprise of many in the court room decided to settle. As a result, Uber agrees not use Waymo’s technology and to pay out … Continue reading

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Musk Says Lidar is a Crutch

In a recent earnings call with investors Elon Musk renewed his stand against the use of lidar in autonomous vehicles, at least in the case of Tesla automobiles. Musk has long argued that LIDAR is too expensive and too bulky … Continue reading

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In the Scan Anniversary

My son reminded me last week that it was just a short nine years ago this month that I started the In the Scan blog. I am closing in on 3,000 posts.  This eventually led to Lidar News and as … Continue reading

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Leica Geosystems is Listening to Customers

It’s one thing to claim that you are listening, but it’s another to make the investment and deliver the features that truly make a difference to customers. Sometimes these enhancements can appear to be “little things”, but they can turn … Continue reading

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