Beijing Startup Claims Next Generation of Lidar for Autonomous Vehicles

A Beijing Startup May Have Just Built the Next Generation of LIDAR for Automation Cars The Beijing startup veterans from Tsinghua University, co-founders of AodtBJ(Advanced optical detect technology Beijing Aodtbj), have built a sensor for automation cars that can see not just where things are but how fast they’re moving—a potentially critical ability for cars trying to navigate safely around […]

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Aurora Acquires Blackmore to Leverage Doppler Lidar

It looks like Blackmore could not say no the offer from Aurora, a Canadian autonomous vehicle start-up that recently raised $530 million in Series B funding. From an article in Wired. In the race to develop a technology that, at its root, is about teaching robots how to understand their surroundings, Aurora just bought itself a fresh set of eyeballs. […]

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Cepton Ushers in Next Generation of Physical Security Sensing with Vista-Edge™

SAN JOSE, Calif. – April 9, 2019 – Cepton Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of 3D LiDAR solutions for the electronic physical security, access control and safety markets, today announced its Vista-Edge LiDAR Evaluation Kit, an edge processing system combining Cepton’s MMT™ Vista™ LiDAR sensor and the NVIDIA Jetson TX2 supercomputer. Vista-Edge features a compact, lightweight design and has ports […]

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TriLumina Corp. CEO Provides Critical Market Insights

Brian Wong, CEO of TriLumina Corp. explains the five major challenges facing the deployment of lidar in driverless vehicles and how they can be overcome. LiDAR technology has gained considerable ground as a viable approach for many applications—interiors and exteriors of automobiles, autonomous vehicles, and drones, to name just a few. However, five challenges stand in the way of advancing […]

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Nikon Corporation Invests $25 Million in Velodyne Lidar

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Velodyne Lidar, Inc. (Velodyne), the inventor and leader of the lidar sensor industry for autonomous vehicles (AV), today announced Nikon Corporation (Nikon) as a new strategic investor with an investment of $25M. This is certainly a vote of confidence in Velodyne’s technology. The parties further announced they have begun discussions for a multifaceted business alliance. Nikon is […]

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LEDDARTECH SELECTS BLACKBERRY’S QNX OPERATING SYSTEM FOR ITS AUTO AND MOBILITY LIDAR PLATFORM The QNX OS for Safety runs the software at the core of LeddarTech’s innovative automotive LiDAR development platform that enables the design of differentiated LiDAR solutions tailored to specific autonomous driving applications. QUEBEC CITY, Dec. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LeddarTech, an industry leader providing the most versatile, scalable Auto […]

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Deep Learning-Based Framework for Feature Extraction

This paper by Wen et al., presents a deep learning-based framework for road marking extraction, classification and completion from three-dimensional (3D) mobile laser scanning (MLS) point clouds. Road markings play a critical role in road traffic safety and are one of the most important elements for guiding autonomous vehicles (AVs). High-Definition (HD) maps with accurate road marking information are very […]

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TRB 2019 – The Center of the Transportation Universe

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The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 98th Annual Meeting – TRB 2019 will be held January 13–17, 2019, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. The information-packed program is expected to attract more than 13,000 transportation professionals from around the world. Autonomous vehicles and lidar are certain to be a major topic of discussion. The meeting program will […]

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Lidar Surveying is Gradually Being Democratized

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Simon Ritchie, based in London is tracking the democratisation of Lidar Surveying, but his research shows that the pace is still slow, despite the emergence of the price crushing, autonomous vehicle market. Introduction Lidar has been used for land surveying for fifty years or more.  In days gone by the scanners were heavy and had to be carried by a […]

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Research Fab Microelectronics Develops LiDAR Solutions

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The Research Fab Microelectronics (FMD) in Berlin, Germany is the single access point for customers to a broad variety of technological competencies in the field of LiDAR solutions. This significant investment by Fraunhofer Microelectronics in cooperation with the Leibniz Institutes FBH and IHP, is all about being positioned for the future in autonomous vehicle, industrial lidar fabrication and much more. Christoph […]

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LeddarTech Expands its Engineering Expertise and Accelerates…

LeddarTech accelerates the development of its automotive LiDAR development platform, through organizational enhancements and the investment in two new engineering facilities in Toronto, Canada, and in Linz, Austria. QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LeddarTech, which develops a high-performance, cost-efficient solid-state LiDAR development platform for the automotive industry, is pleased to announce that it has greatly increased its […]

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LeddarTech Delivers First LCA2 LiDAR Chips to Automotive Partners

Samples and evaluation kits of industry’s first 3D SSL system-on-chip ships to first partners for autonomous driving applications QUEBEC CITY, August 9th, 2018 – LeddarTech has delivered the first A-samples of its LeddarCore LCA2 system-on-chip (SoC) to select automotive partners, which will be publicly disclosed at a later date this year. The LCA2 is the autonomous vehicle industry’s first 3D […]

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Sanborn3D HD Maps for Autonomous Driving: Santa Clara


Project Major auto manufacturers have already released, or are soon to release self-driving cars, and for the vehicles to operate safely, purpose-built, accurate, and highly detailed map-based data sets are essential. To fill this need, Sanborn’s Advanced Technology Group used its proprietary HD Mapping technology to develop standardized, high-precision 3D base maps of the Silicon Valley area, and surrounding locations, […]

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Automated Feature Extraction Goes Mainstream

Background Civil Maps is an artificial intelligence (AI) start-up based in Silicon Valley.  Over the past couple of years, they have developed industry leading technologies for the autonomous vehicle industry.  Their key technologies include automated registration of LiDAR point clouds without the need for ground control points, automated feature extraction to rapidly produce large area maps, and Scout, their low-cost […]

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