AEye have announced its new leading-edge robotic perception system for autonomous vehicles, ADAS, and mobility markets: the AE100. This is a optimised system that is based on AEye’s Intelligent Detection and Ranging (iDAR) technology, which is a form of intelligent data collection. The result is rapid, dynamic perception and enhanced path planning is enabled.
Three core components are integrated into iDAR, enabling the technology to adapt to the real-time demands of automated and autonomous vehicles. The components include: distributed artificial intelligence, software-definable and extensible hardware, as well as an agile MOEMS LiDAR, pre-fused and bore-sighted with a low-light HD video camera.
Luis Dussan, founder and CEO of AEye, says: “The AE100 is a game-changer for the autonomous vehicle and ADAS markets, as it makes iDAR technology commercially available for the first time.” He explains that “iDAR-based robotic perception allows sensors to mimic the visual cortex – bringing real-time intelligence to data collection. As a result, the system not only captures everything in a scene – it actually brings higher resolution to key objects and exceeds industry required speeds and distances.”
“By solving for the limitations of first generation LiDAR-only solutions, AEye is enabling the safe, timely rollout of failsafe commercial autonomous vehicles,” concludes Dussan. The use of a software-definable approach allows for higher accuracy, longer range and more intelligent information to optimise planning software which leads to improved safety and performance in autonomous vehicles.
“Up until now, basic capabilities such as resolution, speed, and range have been the only metrics tracked,” says John Stockton, vice president of product at AEye. “iDAR brings new capabilities that redefine robotic perception performance, such as target acquisition time and blob revisit rates, where iDAR delivers a 3000x improvement.
“The result is a system that has the capability to very quickly or instantaneously calculate things such as 3D multivariable velocity and acceleration, true color point clouds, and augmented single centimeter level localization for radically improved control, innovation and performance of path-planning software,” says Stockton.