LIDAR <br>Hi-res, Long Range Laser Sensing

The Eye of the Car

On the road to autonomous driving, LIDAR technology is becoming the car’s eyes. LIDAR (light detection and ranging) is a surveying method that measures distance to a target by illuminating the target with pulsed laser light and measuring the reflected pulses with a sensor. It is effective over long distances of up to 200 meters and is extremely accurate due to independency from lighting conditions. The system creates a detailed 3D representation of the sensed environment (“3D point cloud”).
LIDAR Technology in Automotive

A New Kind of Mapping

Originally developed to generate highly detailed 3D maps, LIDAR’s speed, range and accuracy give vehicles far greater foresight when navigating the road ahead. It can detect, track and differentiate between lane boundaries, traffic signals, other road users, pedestrians, obstacles and other physical aspects of the surroundings at greater distances than a camera. LIDAR can also determine the speed and direction of travel of objects and thus substantially enhances the anticipatory capabilities of a vehicle’s guidance systems, enabling it to navigate more safely, efficiently and conveniently. The level of detail provided by LIDAR content is a crucial requirement of AI and machine learning, and a valuable stepping stone along the road to autonomous driving.

LIDAR and Camera Fusion

LIDAR vehicle