Category Archives: Sensors

BVLOS – The Next Step

Operating a small UAS beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) is something that makes a lot of sense for applications such as power transmission line inspection and precision agriculture where the consequences of failure are quite low as compared to … 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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Automation as a Continuum

This is a very interesting article and video interview with the CEO of Quanergy, Dr. Louay Eldada who believes automated vehicles will require video, radar and lidar operating at different wavelengths to provide a complete picture of the environment with … 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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Velodyne Investment Update

WOW – this is much bigger news than I reported on yesterday. The complete story is that Ford and Baidu are joining forces with Velodyne by investing $150 million to further autonomous vehicle research and development. Velodyne has certainly come … Continue reading

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Tiny Lidar Sensor

As you can see in the image researchers at MIT and DARPA have developed a tiny solid state lidar sensor that is packed onto a single chip – incredible! This sensor is 1,000 times faster than a mechanical system and … 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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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

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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

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Tesla Sticking with Radar

“Elon Musk says today’s Tesla cars can improve their self-driving ability with its existing radar system by generating the kind of point cloud you’d normally expect only from LIDAR. (LIDAR’s the laser sensing system used in the trademark, roof-mounted beacons in Google cars.) In messages on his Twitter feed, … Continue reading

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