Shining a light on autonomous driving
To examine the surface of the Earth, LiDAR (light detection and ranging) sensors can be used. In maps, for instance, it is used for precise elevations and general precision terrain mapping. The EU-funded Automotive3DLiDAR project is developing the first small, robust and inexpensive LiDARs for use in autonomous vehicles. For example, one LiDAR-based sensor illuminates a target area with invisible light and measures the time it takes for the light to bounce back to its source. This new LiDAR is expected to reduce costs from more than EUR 10 000 to just EUR 400 for one sensor. The project is working to bring its new LiDAR sensors to markets in Europe, North America and Asia.
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