Electronics and Semiconductors

Immersive lidar experience coming to CES 2023

08 December 2022

Lidar is poised to be a factor in future automated services in vehicles and in current advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), but it is also being used for use cases outside of the car including smart cities.

Lidar vendor AEye Inc. plans to showcase both aspects of lidar at the upcoming CES 2023, the world’s largest trade show taking place in Las Vegas Jan. 5-8.

AEye said it will showcase a virtual reality lidar data point cloud to see how the technology works as well as a live, lidar-monitored crosswalk and will take users on a ride through the streets of Las Vegas.

The goal is to reduce the number of fatalities that are due to motor vehicle and pedestrian-vehicle traffic accidents. Part of that goal is to use lidar to give vehicles better perception of the world around them and make decisions accordingly.

Today that means enabling lidar as part of ADAS systems and eventually using lidar as part of a larger sensor package for autonomous vehicles. In smart cities, lidar could be used for people counting, asset management, logistics, traffic management and other intelligent services.

How it will work

At CES, users will put a VR headset on and walk through a point cloud to see how lidar captures information about the 3D world.

The lidar-monitored crosswalk will show how the technology works in real-time to identify and track pedestrians in a zone to improve crowd monitoring and enhance pedestrian safety.

The rides at CES will involve a Continental HRL 131 long range lidar built using the 4Sight intelligent sensing platform from AEye. The sensing platform is an adaptive, solid-state and software-definable lidar system that improves detection and accuracy classification.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com

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