A key concern to automobile designers is the interaction between vehicles, people, and road infrastructure.
In this equation, people are the main element but they are also the weakest link as almost all traffic accidents occur due to human errors.
Currently, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are a major focus area, with automobile producers racing to create the first feasible ‘autopilot’ systems for advanced cars that would be driverless or partially driverless.
To achieve this advancement, state-of-the-art detection systems are crucial to provide the car with an exact image of its external surroundings. The US is estimated to have 3.5 million highly automated vehicles by the year 2030, due to the rapid growth of testing infrastructure and alternative mobility solutions.
Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) is a light-based system that utilizes high-speed optical time-of-flight surveying to bounce off objects and generate a high-resolution map of the surroundings in real time.