Innoviz Launches Solid-state Automotive Lidar Solution

Innoviz Technologies, a leading provider of Lidar sensing solutions, has announced the commercial launch of InnovizPro, a stand-alone, solid-state, MEMS-based scanning Lidar solution. The product is one of the most accurate and reliable Lidar sensors available on the market today. A CES Innovation Awards winner in the Vehicle Intelligence and Self-Driving Technology category, InnovizPro leapfrogs other Lidar systems to deliver groundbreaking 3D sensing at a significantly lower cost. InnovizPro is a Lidar solution that delivers on all of the automotive industry’s needs for performance, reliability, cost, compact size and product maturity. InnovizPro allows Innoviz’s partners in the automotive industry to... (read more)
2018-01-08 10:27:24

Airsight Australia Launches NextCore UAV Lidar System

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) service provider Airsight Australia has announced NextCore, a UAV Lidar scanner and processing system that offers comparable performance at a considerably lower price point than rivals. The NextCore scanner is a 2.5kg UAV payload that can acquire 420,000 points per second with a 360-degree field of view and triple returns. Airsight Australia claims it is easily securable to a DJI Matrice 600, which is good for around 20 minutes of flight time with the NextCore payload. Whilst aerial Lidar is a mature technology and proven acquisition tool, the market for UAV Lidar is expanding rapidly... (read more)
2018-08-09 11:59:47

Airobotic Announces Integration of Lidar into Drones

Airobotics, a start-up in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or 'drones'), experienced record growth in 2018. It also expanded its executive team in its new global headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, following a successful Series D funding round. The company, which globally offers commercial drone solutions permitted to fly without a human operator, has additionally announced the introduction of Lidar capabilities. Until a few years ago, Lidar was only possible with an aircraft because the sensors were hefty and required manual data processing. Today, Lidar mages are captured and processed quickly in the cloud, allowing Airobotics’ customers to make effective decisions... (read more)
2019-02-05 01:38:28

CompassDrone Integrates RIEGL MiniVux UAV Lidar Solutions

CompassDrone have acquired the Riegl MiniVux to provide reliable, consistent data to their customers solutions. Partnering with sister company CompassData, a leading provider of accurate geospatial data, they will expand survey capabilities with the addition of the Riegl MiniVUX-1UAV mounted on a DJI M600 Pro Platform. The RIEGL miniVUX-1UAV makes use of RIEGL’s unique Waveform-Lidar technology, allowing echo digitization and online waveform processing. Multi-target resolution is the basis for penetrating dense foliage. The DJI M600 Pro with A3 Flight Controller has triple modular redundancy and diagnostic algorithms that compare sensor data from three GNSS antennas. Compatibility with D-RTK GNSS prevents magnetic... (read more)
2019-02-07 10:40:56

Web GIS Improves Lidar Collection Response Time

The remarkable capabilities of airborne Lidar continue to improve, with scanners now able to emit more than a million pulses every second. Although it has never been easier to acquire high-quality laser data, storing and managing the huge volume of Lidar data collected can prove to be a challenge. Combined with associated metadata such as survey information, environmental conditions and flight lines, data management has now become a critical priority and focus. An initiative called the Lidar Management and Analytical Processing (LMAP) provides an automated workflow for uploading and storing Lidar and metadata into a Geographic Information System (GIS). Developed... (read more)
2019-02-19 09:37:01

Web GIS Improves Lidar Collection Response Time

The LMAP Initiative
The remarkable capabilities of airborne Lidar continue to improve, with scanners now able to emit more than a million pulses every second. Although it has never been easier to acquire high-quality laser data, storing and managing the huge volume of Lidar data collected can prove to be a challenge. Combined with associated metadata such as survey information, environmental conditions and flight lines, data management has now become a critical priority and focus. This article outlines a new initiative called LMAP that provides an automated workflow for uploading and storing Lidar and metadata into GIS. Developed in a partnership between RIEGL of... (read more)
2019-05-21 10:01:13

FARO Focus S70 Lidar Hits 1mm Accuracy

FARO has introduced the latest entry to its line of Focus laser scanners, the Focus S70, a scanner spec’ed out for short range, high accuracy scanning in the AEC, product design, and forensics industries. The S70 is similar to the low-cost M70 scanner announced in January. It has a 70 metre range, an IP rating of 54 for use in adverse conditions, and HDR capture. The S70 sets itself apart by offering much denser data, 1 million points per second to the M70’s 500,000 points per second and a higher accuracy of +/- 1mm compared to the M70’s +/- 3mm. FARO... (read more)
2017-08-21 11:35:22

WaveSense Develops GPR as Alternative to Lidar for Autonomous Vehicles

Boston-based start-up company WaveSense is developing Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) for autonomous vehicles to help keep them on track during adverse weather conditions, or if the primary sensor system were to fail. By sending a pulse of electromagnetic radiation into the ground and measuring reflections that originate from scattering points – such as pipes, roots, and rocks in the surrounding “dirt”, but most importantly, soil layers and variations in moisture content – below the surface, WaveSense’s Localising GPR (LGPR) is capable of creating a 3D map of the subsurface environment. According to WaveSense, “the premise of GPR localisation is that... (read more)
2018-09-07 01:08:36

Teledyne Lidar Enables Visual Effects on Game of Thrones

Teledyne Technologies has announced that imaging hardware and software from Teledyne Optech helped enable 3D spatial data acquisition and visual effects for HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. A team utilized Teledyne’s Lidar technology to create a detailed 3D representation of the old city of Dubrovnik, the model for the fictional city of King’s Landing. A promotional video can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTRqjOR4awU Lidar is becoming increasingly popular for creating realistic computer-generated imagery (CGI) and visual special effects. Traditionally, Lidar has been used for mapping and in construction, civil engineering, mining and transportation. Lidar is now of particular interest to the film industry because... (read more)
2019-06-26 10:37:43

GeoCue Introduces Drone Lidar Imagery Fusion Sensor True View

GeoCue Group has unveiled its new True View line of drone sensors at an invitation only industry event on 25 June in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. True View sensors offer surveyors an innovative Lidar + dual oblique mapping camera configuration integrated in a single lightweight payload for use on commercial drone platforms. True View allows for fast, easy automated generation of true 3D colourized point clouds, oblique imagery and orthophotos from a single flight. In addition to a complete system presentation and software demonstrations by GeoCue, guest speakers included: Lori Eversull of Vulcan Material Corporation, presenting an engaging discussion of how drone... (read more)
2019-07-03 10:45:45
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