Category Archives: Research

Look Out Uber and Lyft – Here comes Amazon

Amazon announced Friday that it will acquire Zoox, a self-driving startup founded in 2014 that has raised nearly $1 billion in funding and which aims to develop autonomous driving technology, including vehicles, for the purposes of providing a full-stack solution … Continue reading

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3D Laser Scanning is Being Used to Improve Health

Two separate articles a year ago referred to the use of 3D laser scanning to improve one’s health. In the first case it was in support of the shape of an infant’s head and the second better design of hearing … Continue reading

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Depth Camera May Outperform Autonomous Vehicle Lidar

In 2013, Rajiv Laroia and Dave Grannan started Light, a company that aimed to disrupt the tiny camera market. The ultimate goal was to provide designs, circuitry, and software to mobile device manufacturers so that smartphones could capture images at … Continue reading

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Emergency Management of Flooding with Small UAS

This in-depth Tech Brief on emergency management involving flooding and the use of sUAS comes from the Federal Highway Administration. INTRODUCTION Flooding is a unique event or occurrence: it may be a standalone incident, or it may accompany another event. … Continue reading

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Fully Autonomous Highway Driving in 2022

Volvo is partnering with tech firm Luminar to provide their industry-leading LiDAR and perception technology for Volvo’s next-generation cars.The partnership will deliver Volvo’s first fully autonomous driving technology for highways and paves the way for future active-safety developments. From an … Continue reading

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Mobile Lidar Robots Will Map Car Assembly Plants

Ford is going to employ two of Boston Dynamics’ “Spot” robots, which are four-legged, dog-like walking robots that weigh roughly 70 lbs each, to help them update the original engineering plans for one of the transmission manufacturing plants. The plants, … Continue reading

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Comparison of Structure From Motion with UAV Lidar

In this paper a side-by-side comparison of structure from motion photogrammetry is performed with lidar using the same UAV platform. Thanks to Bill Gutelius at Qntfi for the lead. The capabilities and utility of UAV LiDAR and surface from motion … Continue reading

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Multi-scan Segmentation of Terrestrial Laser Scanning Data

The process of point cloud segmentation groups points with similar attributes such as geometric, colormetric, radiometric, and/or other information to support Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) data processing such as feature extraction, classification, modeling, analysis, and more. From the Abstract by … Continue reading

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Last Supper Site Preserved with 3D Laser Scanning

This in-depth article features the 3D laser scanning of what is claimed to be the site of the Last Supper. From an article in Fox News by James Rogers The room venerated as the site of Jesus’ Last Supper has … Continue reading

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Deep Teaching Takes Humans Out of AV Training

How do you beat Tesla, Google, Uber and the entire multi-trillion dollar automotive industry with massive brands like Toyota, General Motors, and Volkswagen to a full self-driving car? Just maybe, by finding a way to train your AI systems that … Continue reading

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