• Ford’s Smooth-Driving Autonomous Research Car

    Posted on September 24, 2014

    Ford’s first autonomous research vehicles, with protruding sensors and instruments, “kind of look[ed] like a science project” says Chris Attard, a Ford research engineer who works on their replacement. The new one, a Ford Fusion Hybrid test vehicle—announced in December... Continue reading

  • LIDAR, lasers, and logic: Anatomy of an autonomous vehicle

    Posted on September 24, 2014

    Autonomous vehicles are getting a lot attention as of late, and if this last CES prophesized anything, it’s that this tech trend has some serious mileage. With companies like Audi, Lexus, and Google exploring ways to push the driving experience... Continue reading

  • Lane Estimation for Autonomous Vehicles using Vision and LIDAR

    Posted on September 24, 2014

    Autonomous ground vehicles, or self-driving cars, require a high level of situationalawareness in order to operate safely and efficiently in real-world conditions. A systemable to quickly and reliably estimate the location of the roadway and its lanes basedupon local sensor... Continue reading

  • Google’s driverless cars designed to exceed speed limit

    Posted on September 24, 2014

    Google’s self-driving cars are programmed to exceed speed limits by up to 10mph (16km/h), according to the project’s lead software engineer. Dmitri Dolgov told Reuters that when surrounding vehicles were breaking the speed limit, going more slowly could actually present... Continue reading

  • UK to allow driverless cars on public roads in January 2015

    Posted on September 24, 2014

    The UK government has announced that driverless cars will be allowed on public roads from January next year. It also invited cities to compete to host one of three trials of the tech, which would start at the same time.... Continue reading

  • Excerpts from paper “The use of lidar technology in autonomous cruise control Systems for automobiles”

    Posted on September 24, 2014

    Judging by the current state of autonomous automobile technology, self-driving cars are a very real possibility for the relatively near future. Although still being heavily refined and researched, the required technology is certainly in existence. Google has successfully created a... Continue reading

  • Adding a New Dimension: Lidar and Archaeology

    Posted on September 24, 2014

    During the past decade, lidar “point clouds” have revealed vast ruins of ancient cities in dense tropical jungles. Some say the laser ranging technique could revolutionize archaeologists’ understanding of human civilizations. Archaeologists, like geologists and astronomers, deal with long timescales.... Continue reading

  • Lidar archaeology shines a light on hidden sites

    Posted on September 24, 2014

    If you think archaeologists spend all the time with trowel in hand in a muddy ditch then it’s time to think again. More and more are using sophisticated aircraft-mounted lasers, and it is opening up a new age of discovery.... Continue reading

  • The Scottish Ten

    Posted on September 24, 2014

    The Scottish Ten is an ambitious five year project to use cutting edge technology to create exceptionally accurate digital models of Scotland’s five UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites. Historic Scotland and Glasgow’s School of Art’s Digital Design Studio are using... Continue reading

  • A 2050 Vision for London: What Are the Implications of Driverless Transport

    Posted on September 23, 2014

    If the railways transformed the way we travelled in the 19th century and the internal combustion engine in the 20th, then it is claimed that the revolution that will transform transport in the 21st century is autonomous vehicles. This report... Continue reading