Category Archives: Consumer

Direct Metal Laser Printing

For all of the car nuts out there (of which I am one) this video will be of interest on a couple of levels. First is the fact that it involves Jay Leno and his famous “Garage” and second is … Continue reading

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iPhone 8 May Include Scanner

A J P Morgan analyst is reporting that the new iPhone 8 may include a front facing laser scanner which will be used to replace finger print recognition on earlier versions. There were problems with the touch screen when it … Continue reading

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It’s All About 3D

Whether it is Augmented/Virtual Reality  or driverless vehicles the underlying technology is the ability to navigate a digital 3D world at high speed. Reports from last week’s Consumer Electronics Show have these technologies capturing the top spots in terms of … Continue reading

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Smart Speed Bumps

Add this to the list of everyday consumer lidar applications that may be just around the corner. It’s a smart speed bump developed by Nokian, a Finnish tire manufacturer that includes a laser scanner which measures your tire tread depth … Continue reading

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Lidar and Autonomous Vehicles

Lidar is one of the sensor technologies that most autonomous vehicle manufacturers are including in their navigation packages – Tesla being the most vocal about their belief that it is not required. For the most part the leaders in the … Continue reading

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Scanse Completes Sweep Pilot Run

Scanse recently announced that they have completed a pilot run of their low cost, 2D Sweep lidar sensor, finalized the mechanical dimensions and production is now underway. With a range of 40 meters and the ability to operate outdoors, not … Continue reading

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Ford’s Strategic Investments

Ford has announced its intention to produce a fully autonomous, or “SAE level 4-capable” (operable without a wheel of pedals), vehicle for commercial operations by 2021 as part of a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service. “The next decade will be defined … Continue reading

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Baidu Invests in Velodyne

This is potentially very BIG news for both Baidu, a mega Chinese consumer Internet company and Velodyne Lidar. Autonomous vehicles have a much greater potential in a highly controlled state government. It’s learned that Baidu has reached investment intent with … Continue reading

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sUAS Consumer Guide

Researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University have created a free, 50 page sUAS consumer guide for novice users. They examined 12 popular consumer multirotor sUAS platforms, reviewing key areas of critical importance to users. These investigation areas, essential to understanding suitability … Continue reading

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ZF Acquires Stake in Lidar Firm

In another example of the importance of lidar to the autonomous vehicle industry ZF (not be confused with Z+F) announced that they had acquired a a 40% stake in Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH. The Hamburg-based company, which was founded in … Continue reading

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