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High-tech lidar helps uncover secrets Angkor Wat has hidden for centuries

That’s all changed thanks to some impressive and extensive use of lidar-equipped helicopters to accurately chart the ground underneath the dense foliage.To an impressive extent, the lidar data shows where walls, and other large structures like moats, canals, roads, ponds, quarries, forges, and smelters, were located.

Elon Musk: Software-only enhancements coming to Tesla Autopilot

Elon Musk: Software-only enhancements coming to Tesla Autopilot In a series of Tweets, CEO Elon Musk said Tesla is considering decoupling the car’s camera system from its radar and using “temporal smoothing to create a coarse point cloud, like lidar” to improve recognition of hazards.The enhancements would be software-only, likely sent as an over-the-air update, Musk said.

Ford: We’ll sell fully autonomous cars by 2021 with no steering wheels

Ford: We’ll sell fully autonomous cars by 2021 with no steering wheels To make the self-driving car happen, Ford will double its R&D presence in Silicon Valley and is making acquisitions to fill in the technology gaps Ford isn’t developing.It’s the first automaker to peg a specific year — 2021 — for an autonomous car.

Hands on from the back seat of Ford’s self-driving car: It really works

Hands on from the back seat of Ford’s self-driving car: It really works DEARBORN, MI — Riding along in the back seat of Ford’s self-driving car is an uneventful experience.Our car was programmed to wait, and wait, even though the oncoming traffic took, by my thousand-one count, 8-9 seconds to reach the intersection.

Your next car may be the most powerful computer you own

Your next car may be the most powerful computer you own Increasingly, though, new cars are powerful computing platforms — and starting to pack more compute power than laptops and even desktops.Coupled with an internal monitor, the result would be a more aerodynamic profile for the car, especially helpful for range-hungry electric vehicles.

Self-driving truck makes short hops for brewery

Self-driving truck makes short hops for brewery Various companies are racing to perfect self-driving car technology, but getting yourself from point A to point B is only the start.The truck went a total distance of 120 miles for the first fully autonomous beer run.

Big boost for self-driving cars: Osram cuts lidar cost to less than $50

Big boost for self-driving cars: Osram cuts lidar cost to less than $50 Could this be the order-of-magnitude cost drop that enables self-driving cars?The system comprises a laser bar using four individually controllable laser diodes and control circuitry surface mounted on a single module.

Hands-off the steering wheel with a Delphi-Mobileye autonomous test-drive

Hands-off the steering wheel with a Delphi-Mobileye autonomous test-drive And this is 4-5 years before we’re likely to see the first self-driving cars offered for sale.Still, most autonomous vehicles being tested drive like your grandfather: They’re painfully slow.

Starting today, San Francisco residents can hail a self-driving Uber

Starting today, San Francisco residents can hail a self-driving Uber But they’ve always felt like a pie-in-the-sky technology rather than a product that could be right around the proverbial corner.It’s not the first time Uber has deployed self-driving cars, but bringing the technology to San Francisco, where Uber was founded, undoubtedly has particular meaning to the company.

Hyundai Ioniq self-driving car: flawless, all right turns, no danger of speeding tickets

Hyundai Ioniq self-driving car: flawless, all right turns, no danger of speeding tickets LAS VEGAS – The Hyundai Ioniq Autonomous Concept drove circles around Las Vegas last week.The Hyundai Ioniq test cars don’t have anything hanging off the roof or side that suggests this is a self-driving work in progress.

Lidar used to map ancient Mayan superhighway system

Lidar used to map ancient Mayan superhighway system The newly mapped roads are connected to the ruins of El Mirador (sometimes called the Kan Kingdom) in northern Guatemala.Archaeologists believe El Mirador was founded around the 6th century BCE, and was at its most powerful around the early first century CE.

This week in space: Pluto, Europa, and 96 Planet nanosats

This week in space: Pluto, Europa, and 96 Planet nanosats ” Counting the 96 new ones, that brings Planet’s constellation to 149, which is also a world record.The latest news on Proxima b is that scientists have revised the odds on its habitability, probably downward.

Google Waymo sues Uber over self-driving car technology

Google Waymo sues Uber over self-driving car technology The email included machine drawings of Otto’s LiDAR system and circuit boards — boards that were extremely similar to Google’s own designs.” That’s a damning accusation, given the proof Google has collected, and it comes at a time when Uber scarcely needs more bad news.

Roborace shows off its driverless race car at MWC

Roborace shows off its driverless race car at MWC An offshoot of Formula E, Roborace aims to launch a parallel series of races conducted entirely without human drivers.At MWC in Barcelona this week, Roborace showed off the complete design of its first race car.