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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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Toyota Smart Vehicle Strategy Could Be the Winner

The automobile world is in quiet retreat on the topic of fully autonomous vehicles (AVs). As an excellent article by Steve LeVine in Marker described, vehicle autonomy is closely linked with ride-sharing, and in the pandemic era we’re going through, … 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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Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC Launches with $4 Billion in Funding

Ford may be having trouble making money selling cars, but its F-150 pickup is the best selling vehicle in the world! That’s not a typo. To stake their claim to be a leader in electrified, autonomous ride services they announced … Continue reading

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Ranking Automated Driving Systems

Consulting firm Navigant Research recently released a report ranking the automobile vendors automated driving systems. As you can see there are some surprising results. Given their resources you might expect Ford, Daimler, VW and GM to be near the top, … Continue reading

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Bad Weather and Autonomous Vehicles

As the plans progress for the introduction of autonomous vehicles the questions begin to arise, such as how are these vehicles going to operate in rain and snow. This article in Auto World News explains how Ford has been working … Continue reading

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Velodyne Targeting Auto Market with New Puck

Velodyne has been working with Ford for the past ten years on the use of lidar to support autonomous vehicle navigation. They just announced the ULTRA Puck™ VLP-32A, combining best-in-class performance with a small form factor and the high reliability … Continue reading

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Solving the Inclement Weather Issue

One of the supposed serious problems with the use of lidar on autonomous vehicles is navigating in rain and snow. In fact, I remember one article recently that claimed this will significantly delay the widespread use of driverless vehicles. I … Continue reading

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Benefits of the Consumerization of Lidar?

For those of us who observed the consumerization of GPS, largely as a result of car navigation apps, we have seen this movie before. The only difference is that we are substituting lidar for GPS or GNSS. Of possible interest … Continue reading

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Lidar Not Needed on Driverless Cars

Once the lidar reference map is derived, only a single forward looking monocular camera is needed to use the localization framework. Continue reading

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