Why did Giant Airbus Partner with Tiny Luminar? (Hint…patents)

Luminar is branching upwards, partnering with Airbus to bring LiDaR to autonomous aircraft.  Airbus also has been developing LiDaR, as shown by its 12 issued patents.  So, why does it need Luminar?…

Velodyne and Ansys Collaborate to Solve A/V Edge Cases

If you’re following Autonomous Driving, you probably already know that Velodyne and Ansys are collaborating to integrate vehicle LiDaR into a driving simulator. This will allow engineers to rapidly model the numerous edge cases that are…

Robotic Trucks Using Peripheral Vision. See For Yourself

Kodiak Robotics Inc is adding Hesai Technology Co’s LIDAR to its autonomous trucks for peripheral vision. The trucks will keep their one forward-facing Luminar LIDAR and add Hesai LIDAR on each side of the truck. Although a Silicon Valley…

Things are Looking Good for Unicorn Aeva

Aeva Inc. makes a 3D LIDAR that detects the velocity of distant objects, which is especially useful for trucks because they need a longer stopping distance.  TuSimple makes self-driving trucks and has been testing Aeva’s sensor since…

Waymo lands $2.25B and releases self-driving electric 5Gen Jaguar

Waymo is launching.  A fresh $2.25 billion external investment round validates its plan and progress and will help to expand its offerings, the most exciting of which is a self-driving Jaguar electric I-Pace, which it just announced…

Blickfield Debuts Full-Suite LIDAR

Munich-based LIDAR giant Blickfeld has stated that they will present their long-range, high-fidelity automotive sensing suite- including their Cube and Cube Range - as well as a live car demonstration at the Consumer Electronics Convention…

Blickfeld and Koito Partner to Develop Headlight-Integrated LiDAR

German LiDAR technology provider Blickfeld announced its partnership with Koito Manufacturing for exploring technologies to develop a LiDAR sensor that can be fully integrated into a headlight.  Blickfeld’s compact, 3D solid-state…

General Motors’ early start in the LIDAR patent sector

General Motors has been a leading force in LIDAR technology since at least the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, where the company was one of the sponsors for the Challenge's heavy favorite to win, Carnegie Mellon's "Red Team." Due to technical…

Amazon’s New Delivery Robot

Amazon announced that it will begin field testing it's new delivery robot, Scout, in Snohomish County, Washington, with Prime customers.  It's telling that Amazon's first delivery robot in the wild is on wheels, not propellers.

Amazon’s Modular LIDAR system

Amazon's LIDAR system is specifically applied to drones, but what about cars? Well, Amazon recently announced a self-driving food delivery vehicle developed in partnership with Toyota.   

Vision System to Recognize Pedestrian Intention

University of Michigan researchers are interpreting body language to determine a pedestrian's intention. The system processes lidar and stereo camera images to estimate not just a person's trajectory, but their pose and gait. Pose can…

Ouster wins CES 2019 Innovation Award for LIDAR technology

LIDAR startup Ouster, highlighted by Magic Number in November when the company's first patent application published, had a series of applications publish this week detailing its mechanical solutions to low-cost LIDAR technology. Ouster's…

Ouster focuses on low cost, mechanical LIDAR units

Bay Area startup Ouster creates low cost, mechanical LIDAR units that it hopes will drive autonomous vehicles from a luxury to an everyday tool. Coinciding with the publication of several of its patent applications, the company…

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