GeoWrap: MIT researchers develop more accurate LiDAR sensors; self-driving car for snowy...

GeoWrap: MIT researchers develop more accurate LiDAR sensors; self-driving car for snowy terrain and more

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China to make more efforts in space remote sensing in 2018

China: China will make more efforts in space remote sensing development in 2018 and prepare for the launch of Gaofen-7 high-resolution remote sensing satellite, said director of the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation (NASMG). The goal of the Gaofen series is to provide all-weather, 24-hour services covering the entire globe. China will also promote the research and development of Ziyuan III 03 and 04 satellites…(Read more)

Global LiDAR market to see a promising growth in North America: Report

US: Market research firm TMR Research has recently published a report titled “LiDAR Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Trends, Analysis, Growth, and Forecast 2017–2025.” According to the report, the market is expected to register a promising CAGR over the period between 2017 and 2025 – the forecast period of the report. LiDAR systems refer to the technologically advanced devices that generate spatial and precise information about objects, by sensing the light reflected from an object’s surface. Based on principles of reflection of light from surfaces…(Read more)

MIT researchers develop system to make LiDAR sensors more accurate

LiDAR TechnologyUS: A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have figured out a way to overcome what they call “the curse of light-speed” in LiDAR sensors. According to them, “The problem is that light moves really fast, so in one nanosecond light has traveled one foot,” told Achuta Kadambi, a researcher at MIT to a website. A kind of speed that makes it difficult for the sensor to tell (with precision) that how long it will take for the light to travel out and bounce back…(Read more)

HxGN SMART Build selected as virtual design and construction platform for Singapore projects

Singapore: HxGN SMART Build has been awarded a grant under Singapore’s Construction Productivity RD&D Grant Call for Building Information Modeling (BIM) (the Grant) and will serve as a collaboration platform to support Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) practices for selected construction and infrastructure projects across the country. The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) initiated the Grant in March 2017 as part of its drive to integrate stakeholders across…(Read more)

Finnish researchers develop self-driving car for snowy terrain

Finland: Researchers at the VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland have developed Martti, an autonomous vehicle specifically programmed for snow-clad roads. Built on a Volkswagen Touareg, it is equipped with a variety of antennas, sensors, cameras, and laser scanners. The vehicle set a speed record for traveling in snowy conditions. “It probably also made a new world record in fully automated driving, making 40 km/h [25 mph] in a snowfall on snow-covered terrain without lane markings…(Read more)