Drones and self-driving vehicles have changed the world because they can go places humans cannot. However, such machines are vulnerable to accidents because they lack the most basic human vision.
SF45 microLiDAR (Image credit: LightWare LiDAR)
According to foreign media reports, the US company LightWare LiDAR has launched the world’s smallest and lightest scanning lidar sensor, the SF45 microLiDAR, in hopes of taking self-driving machines to a whole new level. The SF45 adds a pair of research to the machine, allowing high-cost unmanned vehicles (UAVs) to get the job done with less risk, including safely delivering valuable payloads, while saving lives.
Philip Constantine, CEO of LightWare LiDAR LLC, explained: “SF45 democratizes machine perception, bringing vision, safety and utility to the smallest unmanned systems. Self-driving machines don’t have 3D depth perception capabilities, so they can’t understand the unexpected. outside, and our sensors even allow them to see what’s going on in the corners.”
What sets LightWare’s SF45 microLiDAR sensor apart is that it is very small and extremely light. Before the advent of the microLiDAR sensor, lidar was not considered a mass-market autonomous driving “perceived collision avoidance” solution because it was too heavy, too large, too expensive, and too complicated to process data.
However, the SF45 overcomes these problems, weighing only 59 grams and measuring 51mm x 48mm x 44mm. Data from this sensor is processed directly on the motherboard, eliminating the need for a special processor, saving cost and power consumption. In addition, the SF45 can also be installed with a vertical or horizontal field of view, with a range of 0.2 meters to 50 meters, and an adjustable angle ranging from a few degrees to 320 degrees. Privacy is also ensured, and unlike cameras that see pictures, lidar can create millions of data points to “see” objects. Because lidar can provide real-time results, it can also navigate and detect obstacles in real-time, greatly reducing the likelihood of accidents.
Not only does the SF45 provide obstacle detection and collision avoidance for driverless cars and drones, LightWare’s microLiDAR can also be used in a variety of applications such as humanitarian assistance, medical delivery, navigation, collision avoidance and terrain tracking. The use of lidar in the Internet of Things is also growing. The innovative company’s lidar has flown over the North Pole, into volcanoes, helped save people from the ocean, dispatched medical helicopters to war zones, and even traveled to outer space. .
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