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Lidar

How aerial lidar illuminated a Mayan megalopolis

By | Gadgets, History, Lidar, Science, TC

Archaeology may not be the most likely place to find the latest in technology — AI and robots are of dubious utility in the painstaking fieldwork involved — but lidar has proven transformative. The latest accomplishment using laser-based imaging maps thousands of square kilometers of an ancient Mayan city once millions strong, but the researchers make it clear that there’s no technological substitute for experience and a good eye.

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Luminar puts its lidar tech into production through acquisitions and smart engineering

By | Automotive, autonomous vehicles, Gadgets, Hardware, Lidar, Luminar, Robotics, Science, self-driving cars, Startups, Transportation

When Luminar came out of stealth last year with its built-from-scratch lidar system, it seemed to beat established players like Velodyne at their own game — but at great expense and with no capability to build at scale. After the tech proved itself on the road, however, Luminar got to work making its device better, cheaper, and able to be assembled in minutes rather than hours.

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Here’s how Uber’s self-driving cars are supposed to detect pedestrians

By | Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, autonomous vehicles, Computer Vision, Gadgets, Hardware, Lidar, Robotics, Science, self-driving cars, TC, Transportation, Uber

A self-driving vehicle made by Uber has struck and killed a pedestrian. It’s the first such incident and will certainly be scrutinized like no other autonomous vehicle interaction in the past. But on the face of it it’s hard to understand how, short of a total system failure, this could happen when the entire car has essentially been designed around preventing exactly this situation from occurring.

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