The adoption rate for the driverless car is behind schedule.
- Engineering challenge of the decade
- Auto makers are becoming more cautious
- Greatest obstacle is fear of trusting a robot
- Vehicle insurance and laws would have to be overhauled
In this outstanding article from The Week the staff explains:
Driverless Car Revolution Update
“Carmakers have been claiming that autonomous vehicles, or AVs, will start filling the roads by 2020 and take over by 2030. Instead, AVs are pumping the brakes, as their futuristic technology has faltered in the unpredictable chaos of real-world roads.
The rollout of General Motors’ self-driving car subsidiary, Cruise Automation, is years behind schedule, and prototypes by Ford, Tesla, and the Google affiliate Waymo would still flunk driver’s ed.
Posted in AI, artifical perception, artificial intelligence, Augmented reality, Autonomous vehicles, Consumer, Laser Scanning, Lidar, Mapping, Mobile LiDAR, Research, solid state lidar, Technology
Tagged Autonomous vehicle, BMW, driverless cars, Luminar, Safety, The Week, VC
It seems as though a number of software companies, like Autodesk and now Oracle see the construction market as a big, missed opportunity. In Oracle’s case at least, the key word is big, as in Big Data. It will be interesting to see if they can turn that database expertise into construction innovation.
- Oracle Construction and Engineering has invested heavily in a new Innovation Lab, located in Deerfield, Il.
- They are relying on a number of strategic partners to accelerate their growth in digital construction
- Oracle is building a second site inside that will simulate a structurally complete site.
The USGS 3D Elevation Program, or 3DEP is a momentous undertaking in terms of the cost, organizational requirements and the data management, but the good news the country is 50% completed. There will be a keynote presentation at ILMF 2019 by Jim Reilly and Kevin T. Gallagher of USGS on this topic.
USGS 3DEP Partners
When 3DEP was initially envisioned in the 2014 USGS Call for Action publication, a nationwide lidar program seemed an impossible dream due to the estimated cost at $1B and the unprecedented data management challenge that would result. However, rapidly growing data demand, industry efficiency and cost improvements, and documented annual program benefits estimated to potentially reach $13B, convinced the USGS to undertake the audacious goal of nationwide data coverage in 8 years.
Posted in 3D Modeling, Agriculture, airborne LiDAR, Environmental, Feature Extraction, Forestry, GIS, Government, Lidar, Mapping, Photogrammetry, remote sensing, topography
Tagged 3DEP, Mapping, Topography, USGS
We have a great mix started on the LinkedIn group of Younger Geospatial Professionals (YGPs) and “older geospatial professionals” (OGPs). As a result, I would like to invite and encourage both groups to provide your thoughts on how this co-mingling of age groups can benefit the 3D geospatial industry.
That’s the Force of Younger Geospatial Professionals
If you are no longer qualified to be a member of the Younger Geospatial Professionals (35 and under) this is truly your chance to give back to the profession by positively influencing the entire group, or just someone that works for you, or who you may know. Stop, take the time to encourage and perhaps most importantly of all – listen. The YGPs tell me that they are thrilled that someone is treating them as the future of the geospatial profession.
Perhaps the OGPs could take a few minutes to introduce themselves and then share their thoughts on the importance of Younger Geospatial Professionals.
The 3D laser scanning industry has certainly demonstrated that they have the technology to deliver an as-built 3D BIM. The question is – “Are the building owners willing to pay for it?
I had a chance to speak with some knowledgeable people in the Boston commercial real estate market this week. One was with a national real estate firm and the other with a large consulting engineering firm with over 1400 employees.
This was not at a 3D laser scanning event. These people had over 30 years of experience. They had no vested interest in 3D laser scanning, but were familiar with it.
Posted in 3D Modeling, BIM, Business Development, Construction, Indoor Mapping, intelligent cities, Internet of Things, Laser Scanning, point clouds, Technology, The Industry
Tagged 2D CAD, AEC, Built World, facilities management, HVAC, LEED, MEP