AutoX to Deliver Groceries with Driverless Vehicles

AutoX, a developer of autonomous driving technology, is launching a grocery delivery pilot in San Jose, California.

When this was originally published 18 months ago it did not have the importance that it does now. It looks like they are making real progress according to their website.

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AutoX Driverless Delivery Vehicle

Well, the risk of failure in this driverless vehicle experiment seems to be significantly reduced as their will be no person in the vehicle and the cars will only be allowed in certain areas of San Jose, CA at much less than highway speeds. This one just might work.

AutoX is partnering with GrubMarket who sources local organic and healthy food to the San Jose area. AutoX uses only one low resolution lidar used for redundancy and to improve system robustness. The rest of the navigation is done with cameras.

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Coronavirus – If You Have Good News, Please Share It

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El Capitan Strong Against the Coronavirus

As some of you may have noticed I have chosen to avoid the issue of the coronavirus crisis that is facing our 3D industry and the world. My reasoning is that I am sure you are receiving plenty of information on this subject and that perhaps this blog could be a calm place in the storm – a place where we could try to carry on with our normal patterns. In the case of this blog that would be posting one a day for the past 10+ years.

I don’t know about you but when I am working it feels better, but I am most definitely one of the lucky ones. For those on the front lines – the health care workers, public safety, grocery store workers – the list is a long one, there are no words to describe your bravery. Thank you seems way too inadequate, but that’s what we have for now.

My idea is to collect and publish on an as-needed basis a recap of news items that I have come across and hopefully stories that you will provide that are positive and uplifting. Doomsdayers need not apply.

We are going to get through this. Is the world going to be a different place? Most definitely, but I choose to think it will eventually be a better place and that the lessons we are learning right now are going to be of tremendous value.

So here are few items I wanted to share:

1. One of the largest survey firms on the U.S. had over 250 crews in the field last week.

2. Alluxa’s lidar thin film, narrow pass filter technology is being used in the virus test kits.

3. Newsight Imaging, an Israeli firm is developing an automotive lidar sensor, as well as a portable IOT and affordable Coronavirus Diagnostic Kit that can identify the virus infection in a matter of seconds using light only. Moreover, it is a much needed portable kit, to serve any clinic or home around the world. For more information click here.

4. Companies like HP and SmileDirectClub are working on adapting their 3D printing technology to produce badly needed medical supplies.

5. My nephew’s team has produced this helpful app at

6. My daughter and her colleagues have developed this local food app for Durham, NC –

It is important to note that all of the smartest medical minds in the world are working on a common enemy. New technology is going to be developed – sooner than later. The world is going to be whatever we want to make it. Think positive.

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Trees Have a Heartbeat – Lidar Proves It

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Trees Have a Heartbeat

Scientist Diana Beresford Kroeger proved that the biochemistry of humans and that of plants and trees are the same – ie the hormones (including serotonin) that regulate human and plant life are identical. What this means practically is that trees possess all the elements they need to develop a mind and consciousness. If mind and awareness are possibilities/probabilities then my next question isn’t absurd: Do trees have a heartbeat?

From an article in Sun Journal by Sara Wright.

According to studies done in Hungary and Denmark (Zlinszky/Molnar/Barfod) in 2017 trees do in fact have a special type of pulse within them which resembles that of a heartbeat.

To find this hidden heartbeat, these researchers used advanced monitoring techniques known as terrestrial laser scanning to survey the movement of twenty two different types to see how the shape of their canopies changed. Continue reading

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Continuous Time SLAM – How does it work?

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GeoSLAM Explains SLAM

GeoSLAM is a world leader in the development and use of Simultaneous Location and Mapping technology, or SLAM. They have developed an informative infographic that explains why SLAM is needed and how it can be used to benefit customers when it is not possible to determine the lidar scanner location using GPS or other traditional means.

To learn more click here.

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LevelS3D Delivered Beyond Spec Using Mobile Lidar

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LevelS3D Delivered Using NavVis M6

LevelS3D delivered results that exceeded the project requirements on a recent project where they mapped a Paris metro station using the NavVis M6.

LevelS3D is a French company founded in 2012 which develops 3D scanning applications for the next-gen tablets and smartphones, currently publishing a new pre-modeling point cloud web application.

LevelS3D is a NavVis mapping partner and recently had the opportunity to take on a surveying project from RATP Group, the Paris public transport operator and maintainer.

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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument 3D Mapped

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Canyons of the Ancients

Crow Canyon Archaeology Center and the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument looked to map Sand Canyon an ancestral Pueblo site. They knew traditional mapping would not suffice. Using UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) LiDAR technology, they received impressive results. They also made some new discoveries.

Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the culturally rich Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado, USA contain a wealth of historical and environmental resources. Now a recreational hotspot, in A.D. 1240, the Pueblo community occupied the area. They constructed over 70 villages with approximately 30,000 residents. In Sand Canyon alone over 90 subterranean structures, known as ‘kivas’, were used by families as dwellings. Hundreds of years later, the preservation team were looking for a way to accurately survey this site of archaeological importance. It had been over 20 years since a survey of this calibre had been undertaken. They needed new ways to visualise the area. Continue reading

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RIEGL Virtual Lidar Conference is Today

To replace the loss of this week’s ILMF conference RIEGL has taken this opportunity to offer a free, day long virtual lidar conference. When you are given lemons make lemonade.

I hope everyone will take this opportunity to support this effort. You are certain to gain  valuable insights and knowledge from international experts in their fields.

Here we go.

Learn about RIEGL’s Ultimate LiDAR™ solutions from our leading experts on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 from 9AM – 5PM EST for a FREE, one-of-a-kind Virtual LiDAR Conference!

Below, you will find the agenda or CLICK HERE to see the agenda in PDF! Continue reading

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Waymo Autonomous Vehicles Upgraded to Gen 5

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Waymo Autonomous Vehicles Upgraded

People who are accustomed to seeing the Waymo autonomous vans rolling around Chandler and the East Valley are due for a surprise. These are likely to be the most sophisticated AVs on the market and the safest.

From an article in The East Valley Tribune.

The company is rolling out a new fleet of sportier-looking vehicles. And they’ll be equipped with a new generation of hardware the company says will make their vehicles even safer.

“While these vehicles will not be providing rides as part of its Waymo One fleet right away, local residents will see them driving around the East Valley,” a company spokeswoman said. Continue reading

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Skanska is Using 3D Laser Scanning to Inform and Connect

Skanska, one of the world’s largest construction firms has intergrated 3D laser scanning into their core workflows and that of their subcontractors.

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Skanska Uses Scanning, Photography and Videography

This is from an article in The Architects Newspaper.

The Swedish multinational construction and development company Skanska is responsible for many of the world’s biggest building projects. Right now in New York City alone, it is overseeing two massive infrastructural and architectural undertakings: The Moynihan Train Hall and the LaGuardia Terminal B redevelopment.

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Google Driverless Car Project Founder Pleads Guilty

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Google Driverless Car Project Founder Pleads Guilty

ANTHONY LEVANDOWSKI, the once-lauded engineer who co-founded Google’s self-driving car project and helped spark interest in autonomous vehicles, pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing a confidential Google document shortly before leaving the company. In the agreement, Levandowski agreed to a maximum fine of $250,000 and a maximum prison term of 10 years, though prosecutors expect to recommend a sentence of 24 to 30 months.

From an article in Wired by Alex Davies.

The charges stemmed from the months before Levandowski left Google in January 2016 to found a self-driving truck startup called Otto, which Uber quickly acquired for a reported $680 million. In February 2017, Waymo—as Google’s AV effort is now known—sued Uber, alleging that it had bought Otto to get access to a trove of confidential documents Levandowski downloaded before striking out on his own. In a February 2018 settlement, Uber paid Waymo about $245 million, but not before the judge trying the case recommended that the prosecutors consider a criminal case against Levandowski. In August 2019, Levandowski was indicted on 33 charges of trade secret theft and attempted trade secret theft. Continue reading

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