Inside Unmanned Systems

OCT-NOV 2016

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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44 unmanned systems inside   October/November 2016 AIR AND LAND TECHNOLOGY FOCUS: LiDAR Leveraging LiDAR by Renee Knight Photos courtesy of (Top Left) Aeroscout, (Bottom Left) Hypack and (Right) Civil Maps W hether you're deploy ing an un- manned aircraft system (UAS) to map a corridor or are part of a team tasked with safely putting driverless cars on our roadways, choosing the right com- bination of sensors is essential. While these are different applications with their own sets of considerations and challeng- es, UAS and driverless cars both benefit from accurate 3D data of the environment around them. This kind of data can keep drones from bumping into objects as they perform a mis- sion or prevent a driverless car from crashing into an object, or person, in its path. To meet these requirements, developers are focusing on LiDAR, a remote sensing method that uses pulsed laser light to measure dis- tances, said Sanjiv Singh, CEO of Near Earth Autonomy. LiDAR provides a direct, accurate way of measuring distance as well as the abil- ity to not only determine that there's an object in front of you, but what that object actually Both drone makers and driverless car companies are using laser scanners to improve their products. High voltage powerline corridor mapping images taken by Aeroscout's UAS, which has a LiDAR solution from Riegl onboard (top). The NEXUS 800 from HYPACK. The UAS combines LiDAR from Velodyne and photogrammetry (bottom).

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