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Darkness-Navigating Vehicles

This Ford Autonomous Research Vehicle Uses Radar and Camera Equipment

— April 11, 2016 — Autos
The engineers, researchers and automotive experts over at American automaker Ford have developed an exceptionally innovative and high-tech autonomous research vehicle that is capable of navigating even in conditions that are so dark that a human can't see where they're going.

These vehicles make use of LiDAR technology that effectively and efficiently works together in conjunction with a whole array of cameras and radar equipment that enable it to navigate through tricky conditions. High-resolution 3D maps are used to enable the real-time location of the car.

Ultimately, these autonomous research vehicles could prove to be useful in a wide array of settings ranging from commercial and industrial to military and scientific, thanks to their supremely reliable precision and safety features.





Trend Themes
1. Autonomous Vehicles - The development of autonomous research vehicles that can navigate in dark conditions opens up opportunities for autonomous transportation systems.
2. Lidar Technology - The use of LiDAR technology in autonomous vehicles allows for accurate mapping and navigation in challenging environments.
3. Real-time Location Systems - The integration of high-resolution 3D maps enables real-time location tracking in autonomous vehicles, providing opportunities for improved navigation systems.
Industry Implications
1. Transportation - The advancements in autonomous vehicles create disruptive innovation opportunities in the transportation industry, such as autonomous taxis and delivery services.
2. Defense - The military industry could benefit from the precision and reliability of autonomous research vehicles for surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
3. Mapping and Surveying - The use of LiDAR technology and real-time location systems in autonomous vehicles presents disruptive innovation opportunities in the mapping and surveying industry for efficient data collection and analysis.
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