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Is Elon Musk wrong about LiDAR? We compared camera and LiDAR training data to put the two self driving methods to the test.

Is Elon Musk wrong about LiDAR? We compared camera and LiDAR training data to...

At Tesla’s 2019 Autonomy Day, Elon Musk made headlines when he took a high-profile swipe at LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology, predicting that “anyone relying on LiDAR is doomed”. While LiDAR has been widely embraced by self-driving vehicle developers for over a decade, Musk declared that the only hardware Tesla needs is the existing…
There Are Too Many Lidar Companies. They Can’t All Survive

There Are Too Many Lidar Companies. They Can’t All Survive

Austin Russell may be just 24 years old, but he’s been helming his lidar laser scanner company since dropping out of Stanford at 17, and he’s no longer interested in running Luminar Technologies as a startup. Being a component company—selling a widget to a major supplier, which then sells it to an automaker—won’t do either.…
What’s up with Lidar, crypto mafias, influencer marketing, Shuttl, and assistive tech

What’s up with Lidar, crypto mafias, influencer marketing, Shuttl, and assistive tech

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Cheaper Lidar, a Self-Driving Deal, and Other Car News This Week

Cheaper Lidar, a Self-Driving Deal, and Other Car News This Week

By now, anybody watching the self-driving car space is familiar with the “trough of disillusionment,” the stage of the Gartner hype cycle that follows the “peak of inflated expectations,” and—for the lucky ones—precedes the “slope of enlightenment.” This is the part where instead of puffing their chests out, the technologists put their heads down to…
This Lidar Is So Cheap It Could Make Self-Driving a Reality

This Lidar Is So Cheap It Could Make Self-Driving a Reality

Luminar's Iris sensor weighs less than 2 pounds and is about the size of a soda can, so it should be easy to fit onto a car’s bumper.LuminarEvery technology has its weakness. Maybe it’s too big or slow or not versatile. Critics of lidar, Tesla’s Elon Musk being, perhaps, the loudest among them, focus on…
Lidar sensors are about to become a mainstream car feature

Lidar sensors are about to become a mainstream car feature

Light radar — Bosch, a "tier 1" auto supplier, is entering the crowded lidar market. Timothy B. Lee - Jan 2, 2020 7:40 pm UTC Enlarge / Audi's A8 is one of the first cars with lidar.Auto-parts maker Bosch is getting into the lidar business, the company said in a Thursday announcement. That's significant because…
LIDAR: Peek Into The Future With iPad Pro – Halide

LIDAR: Peek Into The Future With iPad Pro – Halide

Two weeks ago, Apple dropped a new iPad Pro into our lives via their website. One of its headline features? A brand new camera array. In this quick article, we look at what’s changed, including a whole new “3d” sensor — and what this new technology enables.If you’re just joining us: we’re the team that…

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NASA will allow private astronauts on the ISS for $11,250-$22,500 a...

space hotels here we come — The space agency wants to create a sustainable economy in low Earth orbit. Jonathan M. Gitlin - Jun 7, 2019 5:00 pm UTC Enlarge / The forward end of the International Space Station is pictured showing portions of five modules. From right to left is a portion of the…

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