Category Archives: Consumer

Lidar Not Ready for Mass Market

What is required of a lidar sensor to safely support autonomous vehicle operation at highway speed? At 70 miles per hour, spotting an object at, say, 60 meters out provides two seconds to react. But when traveling at that speed, … Continue reading

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Velodyne Partners with Autoliv

Velodyne and Autoliv will partner to develop lidar technology for the automotive industry. Autoliv is a global leader in the field of automotive safety systems and Velodyne pioneered the use of lidar for autonomous vehicles. Now that the partnership has … Continue reading

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iPhone 8 May Include Scanner

According to Fast Company, insider sources have revealed that the upcoming iPhone will include a ‘Vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser’, also known as a VCSEL, a type of camera scanning system that allows for better depth perception and auto-focus capabilities. Gathering accurate … Continue reading

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Waymo Drops 3 Patent Claims

In an interesting move, reported by Bloomberg, Waymo has dropped three of its four patent – infringement claims in its lawsuit against Uber. The judge in the case has been encouraging Waymo to focus on theft of trade secrets and … Continue reading

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Crowd Sourced High Definition Maps

In order to support level 4 and 5 autonomous vehicles some vendors are looking to machine vision and deep learning to provide the needed object recognition. This article in Electronic Design explains that in addition to machine vision, radar and … Continue reading

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Scanse Sweep is Shipping

The low cost Scanse Sweep sensor is shipping. Early Kickstarter backers have begun to receive their units. Feedback has been very positive. Scanse reports that the firmware, sdk and visualizer software continue to improve. They have already released some major … Continue reading

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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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