Category Archives: Consumer

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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Measuring Pedestrian Traffic

Ford Motor Company has joined forces with MIT to use lidar and cameras to measure pedestrian traffic and predict demand for on-demand electric shuttles. The project will introduce a fleet of on-demand electric vehicle shuttles that operate on both city … Continue reading

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First Autonomous Vehicle Track Day

I have to wonder if people will get excited about autonomous vehicle racing. Will it be the car racing of the future? I am sure it will be a great test of the technology and the crashes will not involve … Continue reading

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Property Drone Consortium Teams with RIT

The Property Drone Consortium (PDC), a collaboration that consists of insurance carriers, roofing industry leaders and supporting enterprises is pleased to announce a new research initiative with Rochester Institute of Technology, a renowned world leader in imaging science. The program … Continue reading

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Elon Musk Defends Radar

In the face of mounting pressure, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has revealed they are already working to improve the Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system. The technology currently relies on cameras and radar to operate the car, in the right conditions, … Continue reading

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Apollo 11 in 3D

It was July 20, 1969 that the Apollo 11 touched down on the moon’s surface while the rest of the world watched – and today, you can mark that anniversary by looking inside the Apollo 11’s command module, Columbia. Until … Continue reading

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