While overall driving was down 13 percent in miles driven last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, motor vehicle deaths were up 8 percent in the United States, reported the National Safety Council.
An Automotive World story covers how a Velodyne Lidar video shows that lidar technology can significantly improve Pedestrian Automated Emergency Braking (PAEB) systems, with the potential to save thousands of lives annually.
A Highways Today article notes the Velodyne video “presents striking test results where a highly-rated PAEB system using radar+camera-based technology failed in all six night-time scenarios while the Velodyne PAEB solution avoided a crash in every situation.”
Lidar News posted an article on the news that quotes Velodyne Lidar CEO Anand Gopalan saying:
“Everyone, particularly automakers and drivers will expect that ADAS, such as PAEB, perform effectively in a wide variety of lighting situations, particularly at night when the most pedestrian fatalities occur. We believe Velodyne’s lidar data and Vella processing software have shown to be effective and ready for implementation, with the potential to save the lives of thousands of pedestrians annually.”