We have not once heard about self-driving cars. Thus it seems that the presence of a huge number of most diverse equipment for the autopilot makes these cars extremely expensive and inaccessible to the end user. But this is not true. Recently one of the companies engaged in manufacturing equipment for unmanned car said it was ready to release the equipment for just $ 1,000 will turn almost any car into a drone.
A bold statement was made by the representatives of the company Luminar, which is developing lidars. Lidars are special devices that use special optics to obtain information about the emitted and absorbed light. Based on these data, it is possible to determine the distance to objects (including moving). Today it lidars, along with cameras and sensors are the basis of unmanned vehicles.
How to make a cheap self-driving car
In fact, Luminar is not going to “reinvent the wheel”. They only want to make system for unmanned vehicles more available
“The main problem is not to “teach cars to drive”. They’re already perfectly able. The main task is to make technology and equipment available to the consumer”, — say the representatives of the company. “A company that does this first will become the leader of this extremely promising market.”
Luminar want to achieve this by cheapening the production process, because the lines for the Assembly of all the necessary components are already there. Today it is possible to produce all the necessary parts at a much less cost than a couple of years ago.
However, there remains another problem. If the hardware is more or less clear, what to do with information processing? Here opinions differ manufacturers. Some companies are planning to make their system offline in order to provide processing of information based on its products. Others want to give the ability to connect to onboard system of the vehicle to pass on to her some of the functions. Luminar use the first option. This will allow them to install their systems on almost any version of the cars.
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When will cheap autopilot
The most advanced version of the system, called Iris, can be purchased for $ 1,000 and she, on assurance of the developers will meet the fourth level of autonomy. That is, even a car in some situations can do without human intervention. There will also be a cheaper version for $ 500 with a second level of autonomy (mostly these machines can be used on highways with a constant velocity of flow of cars when you need only control the set speed, braking and control). The start of sales of Iris is scheduled for 2020.
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