Regarding the Uber car fatality, the excuse that it was dark is just that - an excuse. Mercedes-Benz has offered night vision on the S-class for ten years now. An emitter in each headlight cluster 'illuminates' the road ahead and a sensor at the top of the windshield receives the return infra-red waves. An image is generated for the driver on the instrument panel. BMW has offered their version of night vision for 5 or 6 years on the 7 series which gives the driver a warning when a warm body is detected.Yeah, this sounds right to me. This is a big reason not to trust self-driving cars (companies skimping on the technology to the point that they don't really have it right).
Also why was there no LiDAR fitted to the Uber car? I think Uber is trying to do things on the cheap.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
On car sensors and Uber