AEye reveals new, energy-efficient data type to help self-driving cars see

May 22, 2018 by  
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AEye , a San Francisco Bay Area-based company that develops hardware, software and algorithms that serve as the “eyes and visual cortex” of autonomous vehicles, has announced a new data type that will help self-driving cars see better and, as a result, reduce energy costs. The data type combines pixels from digital 2D cameras with voxels from 3D LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors. By joining these into a unified high-resolution sensor data type known as Dynamic Vixels, AEye has created a format through which autonomous cars can more effectively evaluate a situation based on 2D visual algorithms. In addition, the new data type allows the cars to use 3D and even 4D information on an object’s location, intensity, and velocity. This efficient format has yielded a visual system that is faster and more accurate while using eight to ten times less energy in the process. AEye believes that integration of data types is essential for improving the capacity of autonomous vehicles while reducing energy costs through more efficient computing. “There is an ongoing argument about whether camera -based vision systems or LiDAR-based sensor systems are better,” said AEye Founder and CEO Luis Dussan. “Our answer is that both are required – they complement each other and provide a more complete sensor array for artificial perception systems. We know from experience that when you fuse a camera and LiDAR mechanically at the sensor , the integration delivers data faster, more efficiently and more accurately than trying to register and align pixels and voxels in post-processing. The difference is magnitude better performance.” Related: Lyft launches self-driving cars on the Las Vegas strip AEye’s iDAR (Intelligent Detection and Ranging) perception system is modeled on human visual perception, using biomimicry to better equip autonomous vehicles for the safest ride possible. For example, iDAR is able to assess a child’s facial direction and determine the probability of whether this child will walk into the street, preparing the vehicle to stop in case the child does. “There are three best practices we have adopted at AEye,” said AEye Chief of Staff Blair LaCorte. “First: never miss anything; second: not all objects are equal; and third: speed matters. Dynamic Vixels enables iDAR to acquire a target faster, assess a target more accurately and completely, and track a target more efficiently – at ranges of greater than 230m with 10% reflectivity.” AEye plans to release the AE100 artificial perception system, its first iDAR-based project, this summer. It will be available to Tier 1 and Original Equipment Manufacturer companies that have autonomous vehicle initiatives. + AEye Images via AEye

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Missouri approves legislation to ban labeling plant-based ‘meat’ as meat

May 22, 2018 by  
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Plant-based meat substitutes or meat grown in a laboratory — think the Impossible Burger or the Beyond Burger — won’t be able to be marketed as meat under new legislation recently approved by  Missouri  lawmakers in a 125 to 22 vote. Representative Jeff Knight, a Republican who backed the change, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , “We’re not trying to mislead anyone. We’re just trying to protect our product.” Legislation outlawing companies from calling lab-grown or plant-based meat substitutes ‘meat’ is headed to the governor’s desk in Missouri. Senate Bill 627 is a package of changes to conservation and agriculture laws, including a provision stating, “This act also prohibits misrepresenting a product as meat that is not derived from harvested production livestock or poultry.” If the bill becomes law, Missouri will be the first state in America to address this issue. Related: TGI Fridays to sell Beyond Meat’s plant-based burger in hundreds of stores Mike Deering, the executive vice president of the  Missouri Cattlemen’s Association said in a statement , “This isn’t a Missouri issue. This is about protecting the integrity of the products that farm and ranch families throughout the country work hard to raise each and every day. I never imagined we would be fighting over what is and isn’t meat. It seems silly. However, this is very real and I cannot stress enough the importance of this issue…This legislation does not stifle technology , but it does ensure the integrity of our meat supply and reduces customer confusion.” Representative Deb Lavender, a Democrat, said we should be embracing the future, and that many people “are eating differently than they used to.” Representative Tracy McCreery, also a Democrat, said she found the bill somewhat disrespectful to consumers, saying, “You guys are just trying to protect your marketing money.” The bill did find bipartisan support. Democratic representative Greg Razer agreed with the policy and said, “I love me a pork chop.” Via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and EcoWatch Images via Depositphotos (1, 2)

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Lyft launches self-driving cars on the Las Vegas strip

May 4, 2018 by  
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For the first time ever, after you’re done partying on the strip, you’ll be able to hail an autonomous ride with Lyft. The ride sharing company is bringing thirty self-driving cars to the streets of Las Vegas in partnership with developer Aptiv . The new initiative will offer the public the option of hailing a self-driving car using Lyft’s app. For those concerned about the interaction between robot and human drivers, trials show that the Aptiv-designed vehicles are more than capable of maneuvering the often chaotic traffic of Las Vegas. This move follows Lyft’s test run of its self-driving cars at the Computer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this year, which was limited to a relatively small number of people. Lyft’s Vegas self-driving fleet will most likely consist of Aptiv-augmented BMWs that use nine LiDARs , 10 radars, a trifocal camera, vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, and advanced GPS to safely navigate the roads. However, the vehicles will be limited to specific routes on which they may drive, at least initially. Each vehicle will also be operated by highly-trained safety drivers. More testing and data collection is needed before Lyft, or any other company, can operate a fully functional self-driving vehicle system on public roads. Related: Waymo adds 20,000 Jaguar electric SUVs to its self-driving car service Aptiv and Lyft have agreed to a multiyear collaboration, which both companies agree is a major step forward for their businesses. “With Aptiv’s autonomous driving technology deployed throughout Las Vegas and broadly accessible through the Lyft app, a wide range of consumers will be able to share the experience of autonomous vehicles in a complex urban environment,” said Aptiv president and CEO Kevin Clark in a statement . “More importantly, the resulting knowledge and data will allow us to further refine our autonomous driving capabilities and strengthen our portfolio of industry-leading active safety solutions.” Via Engadget Images via Lyft and John F. Martin /Aptiv

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Pentalum Technologies develops new SpiDAR system to enhance wind farm output

November 19, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Low-cost device measures approaching winds a fraction of a second before they reach the blades.

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Shooting Laser Beams in the Sky Could Produce Rain Clouds

May 3, 2010 by  
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Researchers at Switzerland’s University of Geneva have come up with an interesting way of making it rain– shooting lasers high up into the sky . Though the strategy seems like science fiction, the team hopes that the lasers will be able to increase rainfall in areas that need it. Read the rest of Shooting Laser Beams in the Sky Could Produce Rain Clouds http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cloud-seeding , Jerome Kasparian , lasers , lasers and rain , lasers form rain clouds , LIDAR , making rain clouds , university of geneva

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