Category Archives: Consumer

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

Posted in Autonomous vehicles, Consumer, intelligent cities | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Consumer, Education, UAS, UAVs | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Autonomous vehicles, Business Development, Consumer, Flash LiDAR | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Autonomous vehicles, Consumer, Research | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Autonomous vehicles, Business Development, Consumer, Sensors | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Business Development, Consumer, remote sensing, Research, UAS | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in 3D Modeling, Autonomous vehicles, Consumer | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in 3D Modeling, Consumer, Government | Leave a comment

Geiger-Mode for Autonomous Market

This press release from Princeton Lightwave caught my attention.  They are forming a new business unit to pursue the autonomous vehicle market. Geiger-mode LiDAR has been recommended by the Auto Alliance – which represents vehicle manufacturers that produce 77% of … Continue reading

Posted in Autonomous vehicles, Business Development, Consumer, Sensors, Technology | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Autonomous Vehicle Security

This article in Gizmodo points out a serious challenge that the autonomous vehicle industry is going to have to face – security of the systems against spoofing. They report: “Spectrum reports that Jonathan Petit, from Security Innovation, has developed a … Continue reading

Posted in Autonomous vehicles, Consumer, Sensors, Technology | Tagged | Leave a comment