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6 lidars?

Discussion in 'Autonomous Vehicles' started by ZeApelido, Sep 23, 2017.

  1. ZeApelido

    ZeApelido Member

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    Found this lovely vehicle on the Peninsula. Obviously a startup, I got out and tried to ask them more, but they were secretive (claiming stealth mode) and would only verify lidar (duh). I'm assuming varying orientation x 6 is to improve SNR of mapping for testing. Thoughts?
     

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  2. Tam

    Tam Active Member

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    Could it be that they can't afford one expensive Google-Style LIDAR so they get 6 cheaper ones instead?
     
  3. lunitiks

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    Reminds me of this badboy

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  4. Troy

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    To me, it looks like with that many lidars, they could calculate the speed of other cars around them in all directions. That might be what they are trying to achieve here.
     
  5. lunitiks

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    Could be the startling start of some smart taxi-service startup. They might be starting up by HD-mapping the start of the neighborhood, you know, for starters
     
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    AnxietyRanger Well-Known Member

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    One reason for this may also be preparing for minituriaziation of LIDARs, I doubt the massive roof modules will persist in the long run - perhaps something more akin to Faraday Future prototype with smaller extending LIDARs or Audi "Elaine" prototype with multiple integrated (low front diffuser) LIDARs...

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  7. gjunky

    gjunky Waiting for the Model ☰

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    They could just be testing lidars from different vendors at the same time although the placement is a bit weird.
     
  8. ZeApelido

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    Seemed to all be velodyne
     
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    That's the direction I'm leaning - I can't imagine that they need 6 LIDAR turrets to guide the car, and they all look to be identical units, so the comparison option seems out - but by running a bunch of them in parallel, they can make a more complete HD map more quickly.

    I wouldn't have guessed that any application needed that many, but the evidence suggests that someone thinks it's helpful to them...
     

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