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Nuvation CEO takes on autonomous driving

14 Apr 2014  | Steve Taranovich

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Mercedes technology 2013 through 2014

* Mercedes demonstrated vision-centric autonomous driving

* Close to production sensors only

* At least four cameras + IR, stereo vision for depth information, radar, sonar

* Visual localisation robust to lighting changes

* Matching of a feature map created in advance of drive

* Visual signage, lane detection

* Known locations, only confirming

* Specific route predefined

* Only local online planning to avoid obstacles, lane level route predefined

Ultrasonic sensors

Problems still loom

* Hardest problem for computers is perception of the external environment

* A human can use inferential thinking from 16 years of living, combined stored memories and sensory input to interpret events and anticipate likely scenarios.

* E.g., A soccer ball rolling into the road may suggest a kid is about to run into the street

* E.g., Distinguishing mass and density of obstacles. A steel block must be avoided. A flapping shopping bag can be driven over.

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