Autonomous vehicle technology

Robert Mobile Technician Newark, Delaware Posted   Latest  

I was doing some reading this morning on Autonomous vehicle technology and wanted to share it here. As a tech geek myself I find this very interesting. Lidar vs camera? Lidar and radar combined? What are the pros and cons of each technology? Enjoy


Ronald Technical Support Specialist
Trail, British Columbia

Very interesting topic. I see hacking as an important skill for troubleshooting today’s automobiles. I think that is going to be the strength of the independent. Just as in the past the independents will find the best ways to quickly solve the diagnostic problems. It will be particularly important as vehicles age and lack of manufacturer support will necessitate creative diagnosis and repair solutions.

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Tim Educator
Québec, Quebec

With all this new technology, all the potential career paths available (those we know about and those we can't imagine yet!), coupled with what actually interests young people today, I am excited to see what the future technician looks like! The red shop towel will be sharing the work with special lens cleaning towels! A technicians tool box will have more computing power than ever before. And opportunities will be taken advantage of by many who embrace it instead of run from it!

Just reading about Lidar doesn't make me understand all it can do, but I think it is an emerging technology that will have a big place in the Autonomous movement. As a naturally curious tech-geek, I wonder when more and more vehicles are "emitting light" for navigation, how do those light signals not get intercepted by another vehicle, confusing it? How does rain and snow affect Lidar? Will all that laser light have any effect on humans? 

I'll probably be embarrassed by these questions in a very short time, once this becomes common technology, but I just need to know! 

So, to answer your question, my opinion is lidar/radar with a camera backup will be the system that keeps us moving without needing to drive ourselves. And this old dog has turned the steering wheel for too many years to let go easily (I will however, let go...), I see a generation coming that will not know any differently!

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Jeffrey Technician
Claremont, California

Rain will cause failures(crashes) with lidar systems, but with anything to do with this next stage in technology it is in its infancy and will continue to evolve, even after a working product has been delivered. The reality of it will likely be a product with two, three or even more main guidance systems working in tandem, while lidar is affected by rain there are other systems that are not, and redundancy is going to be important. Really no way to know where this is going other then knowing it is coming and it will likely have major repercussions on multiple industries and how we go about our daily lives.

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Robert Diagnostician
Ballston, New York

My thinking exactly. What a great way to get young people involved in our field. 

Almost like designing a video game. An amazing technology that is way over my head. 

I understand it somewhat. I will be able to repair it. But to design it and make it more accurate is a task for the much more talented younger people. What an exciting development for the aut world. 

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Robert Diagnostician
Ballston, New York

Great Information. How do you find these information sights? I am very interested in future technology and I am always seeking new avenues of information. 

Watching the one YouTube video in the link got me thinking. What if they could link thermal imaging into the equation also. Wow. Neat stuff. Makes me want to go to work tomorrow to learn something new. 

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Bill Technician
Rosetown, Saskatchewan

Some interesting info here as well.


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