Friday, May 08, 2020

LiDAR News, Quanergy, Luminar, Renault

Quanergy adapts its LiDARs to check social distancing in public places:

IEEE Spectrum, Arstechnica: Volvo partners with Luminar to deliver Level 3 hands-free, eyes-off-the-road highway driving in 2022. Volvo, owned by Geely Holdings of China, said that models based on its upcoming SPA2 platform (for “Scalable Product Architecture”) will be hardware-enabled for Luminar’s roof-mounted lidar system, including the upcoming electric Polestar 3 and a range of Volvo-branded cars and SUVs. Henrik Green, Volvo CTO, says the optional “Highway Pilot” system would allow full autonomous driving, but only “when the car determines it is safe to do so.”

At that point, your Volvo takes responsibility for the driving and you can relax, take your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel,” Green said. “Over time, updates over-the-air will expand the areas in which the car can drive itself. For us, a safe introduction of autonomy is a gradual introduction.

Volvo car roof with integrated Luminar LiDAR

Renault publishes paper "Lidar for Autonomous Driving: The principles, challenges, and trends for automotive lidar and perception systems" by You Li, Javier Ibanez-Guzman.

"This article presents a review of state-of-the-art automotive LiDAR technologies and the perception algorithms used with those technologies. LiDAR systems are introduced first by analyzing the main components, from laser transmitter to its beam scanning mechanism. Advantages/disadvantages and the current status of various solutions are introduced and compared. Then, the specific perception pipeline for LiDAR data processing, from an autonomous vehicle perspective is detailed. The model-driven approaches and the emerging deep learning solutions are reviewed. Finally, we provide an overview of the limitations, challenges and trends for automotive LiDARs and perception systems."

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