Discussion in 'Hardware' started by self-driving, Jan 5, 2017.
Can somebody provide a technical description of the the LIDAR main components?
A LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) system consists of 4 key components:
1. A transmitter to emit laser pulses
2. A receiver to intercept pulse echoes
3. An optical analyzing system to process input data
4. A powerful computer to visualize a live, three-dimensional image of the system’s surroundings.
This technology was originally developed by NASA and the U.S. military 45 years ago to track lunar and satellite distances.
Wondering why it took so long to have the self-driving technology for masses
Self-driving technology is expensive. Google car cost would be $60k-$70k if it was for sale. Good LiDARs costs around $8k even though SSD technology (the same of Hard drives) would definitely bring the cost under $1k. If there is market demand, cost is decreased and that's why we can finally have self-driving car mass production.
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