A webinar conducted by Pamela Gauci, Senior Marketing Manager at Velodyne Lidar, and AutonomouStuff executives Bobby Hambrick, Founder, President & CEO, and John Buszek, Vice President of Products and Services, discussed how autonomy is shaping the future of transportation.
The episode was part of the digital learning series on “Automation and Safety During COVID-19,” organized by Velodyne.
AutonomouStuff, part of Hexagon’s Autonomy & Positioning division, is dedicated to transforming the transportation industry. They supply R&D platforms, products, software and engineering services for the advancement of robotics and autonomy systems. Customers value the expertise provided by AutonomouStuff along with their cutting-edge modular-based automation software solutions, perception, computing, GNSS+INS and interface components from one knowledgeable source.
Here are three takeaways from the webinar:
While simulation was important for autonomous vehicles (AV) developed before COVID-19, it has become even more important as current conditions limit engineers’ ability to go to the office and access development vehicles. Also, remote access to AV systems has helped to reduce the number of people that need to be in a vehicle for testing.
John discussed how perception systems are a critical function for AVs to operate safely. He said lidar brings tremendous advantages to AVs with its ability to see the world; John believes that adding cameras and radar don’t deliver comparable capabilities. Bobby added how lidar can help AVs operate 24/7 and see their surrounding environment in 360-degrees to help make sure they are as safe as possible.
Bobby noted that when he started his company back in 2010, the idea of autonomous vehicles driving in urban environments seemed impossible. Today, AutonomouStuff can enable a company to achieve autonomous driving in a single day. Bobby envisions automation on roadways will take many forms including cars, trucks and robots, and change our way of life. He believes just as smart devices are embedded throughout life today, the future of vehicle autonomy is headed on a similar path.
Watch the full webinar below!