Lidar from Luminar and Volvo helps determine the activity of pedestrians at a distance of a quarter of a kilometer
Robomobils are becoming smarter, many models are already able to move independently on public roads. Autopilot from different manufacturers do an excellent job with the recognition of fuzzy markings, remote road signs, the situation on the roads. But non-standard situations autopilots decide still not too well.
An example is a crash in the Uber rob-mobile system, which at night on the road 3r3r11. shot down a cyclist
in dark clothes that crossed the road in the wrong place. The software platform of the mobile was just not able to “understand” what was in front of it, and it was decided to continue the movement. In order to solve problems of this kind, Luminar and Volvo have developed a specialized lidar.
claim r3r365. that the driver still has to drive the car on or off the track. But on the high-speed section, you can do nothing - the robot will cope with everything himself.
Volvo and Luminar signed a cooperation agreement earlier this year, it turned out to be quite fruitful. Lumiar management states that the company, in addition to Vovlo, has 18 partners, including the Toyota Research Institute.
The interest of car manufacturers to the lidars from Lumiar is clear - after all, when determining the presence of an obstacle 250 meters away, a car can brake without problems. This is enough to stop even a large truck.
“You must be able to assess the shape of the object, there must be a certain distance at which the object must be detected, so that the mobile will have enough time to brake,” said a Lumiar representative.
usually places its decisions on the moving parts of the machine, and the laser system emits a laser at a frequency safe for humans - sight cannot be damaged by a laser beam. The company does not talk about how many robots are already equipped with a system, as far as can be judged, this number is not so great.
By the way, previously, automakers did not have a unanimous opinion as to what lidars should measure, to which computer systems should react - that is, there was no uniform standard of requirements. Now standards have begun to be formed, the criteria for the hardware platform of ro-mobililes are no longer so different - no more than 10-20 percent.
In the lidar market, the leading company is Velodyne, which was the first to start developing such devices. Velodyne systems are placed on the roof, and they rotate to provide a robotic round eye. For most other manufacturers, lidars are fixed installations that barely move.
Some companies operating in the robotic industry are trying to patent technology used in lidars in order to gain a foothold as a leader. Not so long ago, such an attempt attempted to implement Waymo, a division of Google.
The already mentioned Velodyne got stuck in a patent dispute with the startup Quaneregy. Other companies are engaged in similar proceedings.
Anyway, technologies are gradually developing, and lidars are becoming more and more perfect. Level 4 robomobils are not far off, most likely in 5-7 years they will already be rolling on public roads, and not for tests, but carrying passengers.
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