Application of LIDAR in Neural Network based Computer Vision

Machine learning in tracking associations with stereo vision and lidar observations for an autonomous vehicle.

Imagine a future where you can open up an app on your phone and request for a car to come to your exact location. Now imagine that when it pulls up, it has no driver. This future might not be as far as you think, and a large part of that is because of something called LiDAR. To gain an understanding of LiDAR, think of a bouncy-ball, and now picture throwing it at a wall with your eyes closed. Based on the direction you threw it and when the ball inevitably smacked you back in the face, you can roughly tell where on the wall the bouncy-ball hit. This is kind of how LiDAR works. LiDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging, and the technology is used to map its surroundings with a 3D image. Credits