UAVs have learned to distinguish signs in half a kilometerMarch 10, 2020
The American company-manufacturer of drones Waymo introduced a new, fifth generation autopilot system. Now he knows how to distinguish traffic signs at a distance of half a kilometer.
The platform for installing the new system was the Jaguar I-Pace electric crossover. It was equipped with five new lidars of its own design: the first, mounted on the roof, can build a map at a distance of up to 300 meters, and another four along the perimeter of the car are responsible for a more detailed picture at close distances.
Also, the crossover received five new radars, they are located like the lidars – one on the roof and four more around the perimeter. In addition, the system is equipped with 29 separate cameras, which are responsible for the recognition of objects in the distance.
During car tests on the roads, the Waymo autopilot system was able to recognize the sign “No stopping is prohibited” at a distance of 500 meters. Today it is a record for drones.
At the same time, the developers of the system emphasized that despite the increase in the number of sensors and the increase in their productivity, the cost of the fifth-generation Waymo Driver kit turned out to be almost two times lower than the previous version.
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