Category Archives: Consumer

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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Smart Cities and Lidar

What technology is at the core of autonomous vehicles and smart cities? You guessed it – lidar. At least five years ago I predicted that lidar would become more important than GPS, but I never thought it would be at … Continue reading

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Monitoring Construction Using AI

The innovation continues to come out of the San Francisco Bay area. This time it is a start-up using lidar to monitor construction projects with robots and  AI. Doxel came out of stealth this week with a US $4.5 million … Continue reading

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Driverless Trucks This Year

It sounds like long haul trucking is taking the lead in demonstrating the ability to operate autonomously at high speed over long distances. Reports from yet another start-up – tuSimple has plans to commercialize their technology in both the U.S. … Continue reading

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TRB and CES 2018

Two of the more important industry events are taking place this week. The Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting kicks off in Washington, DC and the Consumer Electronics Show will draw well over 100,000 to Las Vegas. What do these seemingly … Continue reading

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Inside the Vehicle Lidar

This partnership has the potential to solve a number of the issues with lidar sensors and inclement weather. One of the leading suppliers of automotive windshields, AGC Automotive has combined forces with yet another lidar start-up, Dibotics to offer the … Continue reading

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Velodyne Slashes Price of Puck

The investment in automation at Velodyne’s Megafactory is beginning to produce results. Yesterday they announced up to a 50 percent reduction in the cost of the VLP – 16 Puck, their most popular sensor, to $4,000. “Demand for our VLP-16s … Continue reading

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Autonomous Vehicle Driving Standards

As many of you know I am a believer in industry standards, but when it comes to the autonomous vehicle industry I agree with those who think it is too early as it could limit innovation. With 45 companies testing … Continue reading

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