Eric Harkins, Remote Sensors CTO
From an interview with Eric Harkins, Remote Sensors CTO that was published in the GeoCue Q3 2020 eNewsletter.
Tell Us About Your Company
Remote Sensors Inc. is a relatively new organization; however, our experienced team has been working in the industry for many years. Our company is primarily a drone services provider located in the Southeast, with an expansive network of pilots covering the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, and more. We use LIDAR and photogrammetry for creating highly accurate data and derivatives. Project requests include DOTs, stormwater, land development, civil engineering and survey firms, government pilot programs, and company R&D. Continue reading
The Waymo Lidar Sensor
Many autonomous vehicle (AV) developers, including Waymo have been in hot pursuit of lidar technologies, which are important because of their ability to build 3D models of the environment around a car, an essential feature in the race for self-driving cars.
From an article in EE Times by Junko Yoshida.
Leading AV companies — Waymo, GM Cruise and Argo AI — have either already acquired lidar technology companies or have developed lidars internally. Even Mobileye, an Intel company, is crafting its own lidar tech, Amnon Shashua, Mobileye’s CEO acknowledged, in a recent interview with EE Times. Continue reading
Posted in 3D Modeling, AI, artifical perception, artificial intelligence, Autonomous vehicles, Business Development, computer vision, Deep Learning, driverless vehicles, Flash LiDAR, Government, Laser Scanning, Lidar, machine learning, point clouds, Research, Sensors, solid state lidar
Tagged field of view, GM Cruise, Laser Bear Honeycomb, mechanical, Mobileye AV, Waymo
Optical Phased Array
Researchers at the University of Colorado describe a new optical phased array, silicon chip that has the potential to move beyond the bulky, complex Light Detection and Ranging (lidar) systems that are hindering the systems’ widespread adaptation.
From an article in All About Circuits by Gary Elinoff.
Light Detection and Ranging (lidar) systems are based on electronically measuring the time it takes a laser pulse to reach its target, and then return, thereby establishing its range. It will be a fundamental component of any self-driving car. Continue reading
Posted in Hardware, Lidar, point clouds, Research, Sensors, solid state, solid state lidar
Tagged Boston University, electrical communication, optical phased arrays, optics, silicon chip, silicon photonics, University of Colorado, wavelength steering
Frequency Modulated Lidar Provides Velocity and Range
Self-driving technology startup Aurora announced today its new in-house developed frequency modulated lidar system for its driverless vehicles. The lidar sensor is called “FirstLight” and it can see and track objects more quickly and from further away than other lidar sensors, Aurora claims.
From an article in FutureCar by Eric Walz.
Lidar is an acronym for “light detecting and ranging” and works by bouncing pulses of lasers off objects and measuring the time the light takes to reflect back to the sensor. From this, a 3D image can be rendered of the object, whether its a tree, person or another vehicle. Continue reading
Posted in 3D Modeling, AI, artificial intelligence, Autonomous vehicles, Business Development, computer vision, driverless vehicles, Government, Laser Scanning, Lidar, point clouds, Research, Safety, Sensors, solid state, solid state lidar, Young Geospatial Professional
Tagged Amazon, Aurora, Blackmore Sensors and Analytics, BMW i Ventures, Fiat Chrysler, FirstLight, FMCW, Toyota Research Institute, velocity
UAV Lidar or Photogrammetry?
Choosing a relevant surveying/mapping system involves technologies created more than 100 years apart. Each was built on inventions that changed the world—and in one case, even affected outer space. Each is enabling precise and efficient measurement, safety and cost-saving. So which should it be UAV lidar or photogrammetry? It’s not a simple answer, but the team at Microdrones has provided a lot to think about in this article.
The first permanent photography was “developed” over several years starting in 1822. By 1840, a French surveyor was proposing the use of photos to create topographic maps. In 1867, the term “photogrammetry” was coined. Continue reading
Posted in 3D Modeling, airborne LiDAR, Business Development, Construction, Data, Drones, GIS, GNSS, GPS, Hardware, Laser Scanning, Lidar, Mapping, Photogrammetry, point clouds, remote sensing, Sensors, Software, Structure from motion, UAS, UAVs, Visualization, Young Geospatial Professional
Tagged Microdrones, tool
Waymo’s Autonomous Trucks Being Tested in Southwest
Today during a briefing with members of the media, Waymo head of commercialization for autonomous trucks Charlie Jatt outlined the company’s go-to-market plans for Waymo Via, its self-driving delivery division. In the future, Waymo will partner with OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers to equip cloud-based trucks manufactured and sold to the market with its autonomous systems. In addition, Waymo will work with fleets to provide its software services and offer support for things like mapping and remote fleet assistance.
From an article in Venture Beat by Kyle L. Wiggers.
As Waymo transitions to this model, Jatt said that Waymo intends to own and offer its own fleet of trucks — at least in the short term. One of the delivery solutions it’s exploring is a transfer-hub model where, rather than an automated truck covering an entire journey, there will be a mix of an automated portion and a portion involving manually driven, human-manned trucks. Automated vehicle transfer hubs close to highways would handle the switch-off and minimize surface street driving. Continue reading
Posted in 3D Modeling, AI, Autonomous vehicles, Business Development, Cloud, Covid-19, Deep Learning, driverless vehicles, Government, Lidar, machine learning, point clouds, Radar, Research, Safety
Tagged American Trucking Assoc., Aurora, Google, TuSimple, USDOT, Waymo
US House Passes $1.5 Trillion Moving Forward Act
The following is a statement by K.N. Gunalan “Guna,” Ph.D., P.E., President, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in response to the US House passage of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act:
Today, the House of Representatives prioritized modern, resilient, and sustainable infrastructure as part of America’s recovery. We commend the House for making infrastructure investment a priority by passing the $1.5 trillion Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2). This comprehensive legislation takes a holistic approach to investing in and modernizing all infrastructure sectors from roads and bridges, to ports, rail networks, inland waterways, and airports- all which drive our economy – in addition to the drinking water and wastewater systems that keep Americans safe and the schools and parks on which our children rely. H.R. 2 is a first step toward making investments in these sectors a priority. Continue reading
Posted in Autonomous vehicles, Civil Engineering, Construction, Government, Infrastructure, Orgs, The Industry, Young Geospatial Professional
Tagged Congress, legislation, Moving Forward Act, parks, ports, rail, Safety, schools, U.S. House, U.S. Senate