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This article was published on November 12, 2015

This is how a self-driving car sees the streets of London

Bryan Clark
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Bryan Clark

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Seeing the world through the perspective of a self-driving car is undeniably cool. ScanLAB Projects did just that by strapping LIDAR (light detection and ranging) equipment to a Honda CR-V and using it to detail the world as an autonomous vehicle would see it.

The car, in this case, was being driven by a human, but the LIDAR equipment performed just as it would on a driverless car.

The LIDAR fires a laser in every direction and then uses sophisticated electronics to measure the time it takes to bounce off surrounding objects. The timings are then collected and analyzed to paint a sort of picture that the car uses to better understand its surroundings and avoid collissions.

Very cool.

See London through the eyes of a self-driving car [New York Times via Engadget]

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