Velodyne President Marta Hall Speaks IAA 2019 About Technology to Reduce Collisions, Protect Pedestrians and Cyclists
Marta Hall, President and Chief Business Development Officer of Velodyne Lidar, Inc. will address the future of vehicle safety at the IAA 2019 Conference in Frankfurt. Hall’s presentation will highlight the development of advanced, cost-effective lidar technology for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomy, particularly to protect pedestrians, assist drivers and save lives. The event will take place at Velodyne’s booth (Hall 8.0, Booth A13) on September 18 at 11:00 a.m. CEST (GMT+2).
“There are dozens of companies working on autonomous vehicles. Incredible possibilities have opened as a result of the engineering efforts towards autonomy. In rolling out full autonomy, our customers put safety first. That means they use redundant systems with both lidar and cameras,” said Hall.
Hall has championed vehicle safety since Velodyne Lidar began developing and producing lidar technology in 2007. Her industry leadership efforts include Velodyne’s partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to promote public education on the safety benefits of autonomous vehicle technology. Hall also created the annual World Safety Summit on Autonomous Technology, which addresses safety issues and public concern regarding autonomous vehicles. In June, Hall rebutted Elon Musk’s claim that self-driving cars do not need lidar, effectively advocating the necessity of lidar technology for safety.
During her IAA 2019 Conference presentation, Hall will discuss how the same technology required for safe autonomy can be applied to powerful ADAS solutions, including pedestrian avoidance, lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking and more. Employing lidar, along with a few inexpensive cameras for redundancy, is a revolutionary approach to safety, allowing vehicles to detect and avoid objects in a range of environmental conditions and roadway settings. In the safe deployment of autonomous technology, most leaders agree redundant systems are a must.
Hall will explain that lidar vision enhances vehicle safety because the technology provides a high-resolution image for object classification and tracking, along with real-time distance measurements of surrounding objects. This capability enables advanced collision avoidance. Even more, lidar performance is superior to that of cameras because it does not suffer in low light conditions. This is crucial for roadway safety because crashes occur at a higher rate in the dark. For example, whereas cameras struggle to see beyond the vehicle’s headlights, lidar can detect a pedestrian, bicyclist or animal at night should any of them enter the roadway, giving the vehicle’s system time to react and avoid a collision. Therefore, it is possible to prevent many deaths and injuries, day and night, by employing systems which use lidar for perception and object avoidance.