For sure, the task of educating the public about the technology and practicality of autonomous vehicles falls on the industry and its shareholders alike. A well-informed panel at the Velodyne LiDAR Safety Summit moderated by Mircea Gradu, SVP of the company’s quality and validation, explored the issue in depth.
“People are appropriately skeptical,” said Frank Menchaca, chief product officer at SAE international. “Well, you should be skeptical. [Autonomy] is increasingly exciting and an incredible challenge as well.”
Several panelists, including Oliver Cameron, co-founder and CEO of Voyage, credited Velodyne LiDAR for its success and innovation.
“We believe LiDAR is the backbone of self-driving cars,” Cameron said, especially in the way it shows depth. “There is no other sensor that exists that can accomplish this.”
Bobby Hambrick, founder and CEO of AutonomouStuff, believes a combination of cameras, radars and LiDAR might be the best avenue to use in autonomous vehicles.
Part 1: Velodyne LiDAR’s Safety Summit
Part 2: Let’s get it started
Part 3: Look, up in the sky!
Part 4: It’s a learning process
Part 5: And now, what about the DMV?
Part 6: Regulations. Responsibility
Part 7: Watch what you drink
Part 8: The driverless car rides
Part 9: That’s a wrap