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Germany’s Bosch to make LiDar Sensors for Autonomous Cars

Bosch making LiDAR sensors for autonomous cars

Bosch has finally developed its lidar sensors, that too internally. It says the designing has been finalized and that is now ready for production. These lidar sensors have been prepared, keeping in mind the necessities of autonomous cars. The autonomous cars are basically cars that are Self Driving, meaning they do not require men to run them, per se.

Now that Bosch has unveiled its new technology sensors, it plans to exhibit its sensors at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, which will take place next week. A host of companies are gearing up for the upcoming tech fair at Las Vegas convention center, which is set to begin on Tuesday, 7 January, and would end on Friday, 10 January, making a 3 Day show.

The Bosch sensors are aimed at covering both long and close ranges in the city and on the highways. Bosch Company also has its strong camera and radar technologies, and it envisages linking these camera and radar tech with its new lidar sensors, strengthening the same. After this, the sensors shall be able to work in conjunction with radar and camera tech.

The lidar sensors are a technology that is enjoying just its onset; that being said, it is a relatively new tech in the vast world of tech market where gadgets and technology are always dynamic and ever-changing. This sensor is able to generate a Three Dimensional view of the road, and such a 3 D view can be extremely helpful for Self Driving cars.

Using this sensor technology provides more depth data that would allow self-driving cars to detect the distance from the nearby obstructions and hurdles. This would also detect the distance between the vehicle and nearby pedestrians. It should be a very crucial aid to cars that are Self Driving. This technology shall also be useful for determining the distant crossing vehicles, the gap between pedestrians and cyclists reliably.

The best part is that the use of sensors means that the same would be achieved fairly quickly. In the blink of an eye, the whole mapping of the route in front of the autonomous car would be sketched. Although it should also be kept in mind that Bosch isn’t the only brand working on LiDAR sensors, nevertheless it is one among the league of lead suppliers, being a prime supplier itself.

Just the previous year, for instance, the company Luminar exhibited a LiDAR system soon to be welcomed in cars ready for production that is known to cost somewhat less than $1,000. The same goes for the LiDAR sensors designed by Waymo surprisingly for a price tag, which is shortly less than $5,000 each. Over the last few years, the sensors have been heavily priced.

There are many other sensors currently available in the market, which have shooting high price range that goes up to $75,000. Bosch has spoken about keeping the prices low for its new tech sensors. Thus it is expected out of Bosch to keep the costs down by producing the sensors at scale. Bosch has recently confirmed that it meanwhile implemented artificial intelligence (AI) in its self-driving camera tech.

Currently, there is a heavy need for strengthening the adoption of self-driving driving systems, and the brand is said to have designed the tech chiefly for autonomous driving use cases. That being said, once Bosch finalizes production and then the sale of low priced sensors, then the price of semi-autonomous and fully autonomous cars will go down automatically. 

Even a slight slash in prices would mean autonomous cars are becoming more affordable. Moreover, this makes commuting easier for cars. The sensors are already a boon for the driver assistance systems and would also be really helpful if the need for emergency brake arises.

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