AEye is a startup company that is developing computer vision technology and thinks that other companies are creating solid-state LiDar completely wrong.
Current LiDar systems are mechanical, slow, and expensive. And while there are many companies racing to mass produce a solid-state product cheaply, none are on the market yet. Moreover, those heading towards production can see only up to 250 meters in the best of circumstances. While that may be enough for autonomous vehicles to operate at low speeds in heavily mapped environments, it might not be enough for vehicles traveling at high speeds to stop quickly, and that goes doubly for semi-trucks.
These limitations are just part of what's keeping autonomous vehicles from the mainstream market. However, AEye says it can fix that.
Its AE100 solid-state LiDar is more than just a detection system--it's a computer vision system that physically combines LiDar with a high-resolution, low-light camera into a single unit, and uses artificial intelligence to processes the data on the fly.
Camera pixels and the LiDar voxels that make up a 3D point cloud of the scanned environment are merged in real-time to create what the company calls "dynamic vixels," and its software-definable feedback-loop zeros-in on objects deemed important in its field of vision in a way that mimics what the eye's visual cortex does.
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