AEye delivers better LiDAR data, faster
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AEye has developed a new form of intelligent data collection that emulates how the visual cortex pre-processes and customizes information sent to the human brain. The AE110 artificial perception system, based on the company’s iDAR technology, does this by fusing 1550-nm, solid-state MOEMS LiDAR, a low-light HD camera, and embedded AI to intelligently capture data at the sensor level. The iDAR scheme integrates 2D camera pixels and 3D LiDAR voxels at the point of data acquisition to create “true color” dynamic vixels—a new real-time sensor data type that delivers more accurate, longer range, and more intelligent information faster to the car’s “brain” or path-planning system. The company claims two major architectural advantages: The camera and LiDAR are fused and boresighted, and it’s the only LiDAR system that’s entirely software-defined. As a result, the AE110 delivers high-quality information faster to path planning systems while using significantly less power. Its straightforward API and powerful SDK make iDAR a unique open system for innovation, allowing perception engineers to customize and dynamically control how scenes are interrogated. The AE110 can acquire targets and enable classification in less time than conventional LiDAR systems require to just register a detection. With the ability to modulate object revisit rates up to 3000 times faster within a frame, it not only focuses on detection but also increased speed of classification. In evaluating a scene, AE110’s software-definable scanning delivers more than 10 times the 3D resolution over legacy systems. Showing the technology’s potential for ADAS solutions, the AE110 was integrated into a Hella vehicle at the 2019 IAA. The combination with Hella’s camera software and radar is the first step to a much tighter integration resulting from a collaboration announced in January.
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