20Vehicles today are relative super heroes compared to older ones and are packed with all kinds of powers. Most cars use a variety of cameras, ultrasonic sensors and radar to enable features like adaptive cruise control, parking assistance, automatic emergency braking, and blind spot monitoring; these allow the cars to “see” but are limited in terms of range and depth. However, new technology is on the way that will allow for upgraded super powers, including autonomous driving.
A recent announcement by self-driving powerhouse Argo AI suggests that self-driving technology has progressed to an important milestone. Recent developments in their LiDAR technology allows them to detect items up to 400 metres away, and even improve its capabilities in low light conditions.
But all that leads us to the question: What exactly is LiDAR? Furthermore, how important is it to the future of the automotive industry?
What is LiDAR?