A team of researchers and engineers led by Li-Shiuan Peh at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have come up with an innovative range-finding system that could make for a very inexpensive way to convert regular personal vehicles, such as golf carts and wheelchairs, into autonomous vehicles.
This system makes use of a special laser that works in conjunction by a camera equipped with 2D sensor capability. Once the technology is refined, it will make it possible to enjoy simple plug-in ways to create autonomous wheelchairs, golf carts and other personal vehicles. The system uses low-emission bursts of energy that are not hazardous.
Ultimately, this infra-red range-finding system could offer implications in a wide variety of settings ranging from personal mobility and luxury amenities to military and industrial settings just to name a few.