Category Archives: Research

Training Data for AVs is Key to Success

High-quality data is the fuel that powers AI algorithms. Without a continual flow of labeled training data, bottlenecks can occur and the algorithm will slowly get worse and add risk to the system. From an article in Tech Crunch by … Continue reading

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Measuring Snow Depth in Colorado with Lidar

Research Associate Blake Osborn with the Colorado Water Center/CSU Extension Service explained the various methods used for measuring snow depth in Colorado and how they function at the annual Agriculture Conference at Ski-Hi in Monte Vista Feb. 4. From an … Continue reading

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Apple Glasses Will Include Lidar to Support AR

It seems inevitable that Apple will someday release a set of AR Apple glasses, and today we have a set of rumors from YouTuber Jon Prosser of the “Front Page Tech” YouTube channel. Prosser is a fairly new leaker, but … Continue reading

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Automotive Lidar Companies Analyzed – Will Consolidate

Part 1 (published 4/12/2020), dealt with the parallels between the automotive LiDAR and telecom optics investment booms, and posited that going forward, consolidation and pivots for LiDAR companies are inevitable. Part 2 (this article) discusses which types of companies will … Continue reading

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Canopy Base Height Estimates From Lidar

Accurate canopy base height (CBH) information is essential for forest and fire managers since it constitutes a key indicator of seedling growth, wood quality and forest health as well as a necessary input in fire behavior prediction systems such as … Continue reading

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Digital Technology is Protecting our Nation’s Forests

From paper goods to lumber and wildlife habitat to recreation, our forests provide value in countless ways. However, forest management is a complex science. It requires advanced digital technology, collaboration, and an eye toward sustainability. From an article in Grit … Continue reading

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New Lidar Sensor Supports All Weather Driving

A new lidar sensor developed by U.S.-based technology company Draper has made it possible for self-driving cars to see more reliably through rain, snow and fog. From an article in Smart Transport by Tom Seymour. Harsh weather conditions had previously … Continue reading

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Dynamic Map Service Available from USGS

The USGS 3DEP program offers a powerful dynamic map service capability to make it much simpler to investigate the range of products that can be generated on demand from the digital elevation data. The dynamic map service can generate multi-resolution … Continue reading

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Autonomous Vehicle Program Drivers are Expanding

Self-driving cars are the kind of speculative, cash-gobbling experiment that typically gets axed at a time like this. But if anything, this pandemic has shown the demand for autonomous vehicle programs could be larger than expected. From an article in … Continue reading

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UAS Lidar is not Difficult – A Rebuttal From GeoCue

This post from friend and colleague Lewis Graham, President and CTO of GeoCue Corporation is in rebuttal to a post of mine about upgrading from a camera to a UAS lidar system. ##### My friend and colleague Dr. Gene Roe … Continue reading

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