LiDAR Navigation

This is the second article this week where LiDAR is being used in the navigation mode. In this case it is with autonomous airport buggies. Since the area where these buggies operate is known, by first using LiDAR to map the existing conditions the real time navigation can focus on looking for differences in the “terrain”, so to speak as the buggies traverse the airport. This greatly simplifies the problem.

The researchers, who call the technology 3D LIMS (3D LIDAR Imaging and Measurement System), foresee a broad range of applications for it, from navigating autonomous vehicles around airports to monitoring industrial equipment and enhancing security surveillance.

Sounding more and more like the ramp up in use of GPS to me.

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2 Responses to LiDAR Navigation

  1. Folks should look at mobile activity at General Motors… This site and concept seems very similar to our global mobility activity called PUMA (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility).

    Lidar technology played a significant role at the DARPA Urban Challenge. GM along with Carnegie Mellon University TartanRacing team http://www.tartanracing.org) proved (with Lidar and other sensors i.e. radars & cameras) can drive and navigate vehicles (with unexpected obstacles) through a city at 35mph without a human.

    In order to make this a reality (on a large scale) a lot more work has to go into creating systems that are fail safe, reliable, maintainable, and provide a flawless human interface.

    The sensors like this may some day prove to enable us to do make more than demonstration units. The issue we are working hard to solve is to build these for a price that makes this technology practical for all of us.

    Jim Nickolaou
    General Motors
    Lead, Active Safety and Autonomous Driving

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