Monthly Archives: March 2018

Fully Autonomous Cruise AV Has 5 Lidar Sensors

General Motors is investing over $100 million to produce the Cruise AV, the first fully autonomous mass produced vehicle. It is scheduled to be released in 2019. GM says this is “the first production-ready vehicle built from the start to … Continue reading

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VirtualGrid Releases VRMesh v10.0

In many cases what people are looking for are surfaces, such as pavement, curb, sidewalk not millions of random 3D points. Manually fitting a surface to a point cloud requires experience and time. VirtualGrid has been working on automating the … Continue reading

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Lidar Data via a Subscription Model

This innovative business model – data-as-a-service (DaaS) – is being used in the area around Perth, Australia to offer local governments lidar-derived, 3D data via a recurring subscription model. This can make a lot of sense from a budget planning … Continue reading

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Point Cloud City Update

The Public Safety Communications Research division of NIST is is hosting a second webinar on March 15, 2018 at 12 PM EDT to provide an update and discuss important considerations for the NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program – Point … Continue reading

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Lidar – With Proper Ground Control

This article by Chuck Boyer, Director of Geospatial Solutions, at Aerial Services, Inc. is an excellent introduction to the importance of ground control in supporting lidar missions. Chuck explains: When discussing LiDAR accuracy, the most important statement a LiDAR consultant … Continue reading

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AEye Granted Foundational Patents

Artificial perception pioneer AEye (great name) recently announced it has been awarded foundational patents with numerous claims for its solid state, MEMs-based agile LiDAR and embedded AI technology that are core to AEye’s iDAR™ perception system. Of all of the … Continue reading

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Intel Selling Drones

If you think that Intel is just pursuing promotional events, like the recent Olympics, with their Drone Team then you will likely be interested to know that they are actually selling UAVs and working with partners to demonstrate their capabilities. … Continue reading

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Principles of Positional Accuracy

Mike Tully, CEO of Aerial Services, Inc. has written an important introduction to the topic of positional accuracy. Here’s a preview of the article. Since the FAA Part 107 rules were released, the future of UAS commercial data collection is … Continue reading

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Scale API Follow Up

            Digital Journal recently interviewed Alexandr Wang, the founder and CEO of Scale API. When asked about the idea behind creating the API Wang responded: “The largest bottleneck for the development of high-performing perception algorithms … Continue reading

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Non-Line-of-Sight Imaging

It is still very much in the lab experiment stage, but researchers at Stanford believe they have solved one of the two key problems with using reflected laser returns to effectively “see around corners.” Where non-line-of-sight capability could be of … Continue reading

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