In a recent New York Times article they provide an in-depth update on the progress Google has been making with their LiDAR-equipped self driving cars.
Bill Gutelius identified this quote from Mr. Levandowski of Google, “We like lidar because it is actually the most rich sensor you can put on a car. It helps you separate out people from bushes behind them, people from each other, people from crosswalks, and it helps you make a 3-D model of the world.”
He also noted that, “Driving cars is the most important thing that computers are going to do in the next 10 years.” Once again, the comparison to GPS is spooky. What launched GPS into the consumer market – vehicle navigation.
There is no doubt it is going to do the same for LiDAR.