Seegrid Vision Guided Vehicles Profiled in Wall Street Journal
Pittsburgh, PA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/24/2016 -- Seegrid, maker of vision guided vehicles, was recently profiled in the Wall Street Journal. Steve Rosenbush, authored the feature titled, "Seegrid Calculates a New Route for Autonomous Vehicles." According to Rosenbush, "Many of the autonomous vehicles that are expected to come to market by 2020 tackle the problem of perception by using laser sensors or high-definition cameras to absorb data about their environment. Seegrid takes a different approach. Five pairs of low-end cameras maintain a 360-degree view of the vehicle's environment. The data is plotted on a three-dimensional grid. Proprietary algorithms determine the probability that an object is in the space represented by each cell of the grid and assess what that object is likely to be."
The idea of using pairs of cameras is modeled on the way people see. Each camera in a single pair views an object from a slightly different perspective, and an algorithm analyzes the differential to assess the likely distance between the object and the vehicle. Laser sensor-based systems for autonomous vehicles are coming to market faster, but Seegrid's approach of using "stereo" vision to plot data in a 3-D graph will produce a more cost-efficient and ultimately more powerful solution.
The Seegrid system can cope with uncertainty by analyzing the probability that something will stand in its way, which is the way that people reason, according to Sid Wiesner, Seegrid's vice president of engineering. Other kinds of sensors, such as lasers, produce a binary answer about whether an object is in the way of a vehicle, he says.
Customers include Whirlpool Corp., which uses 54 Seegrid-outfitted vehicles to move goods across its massive washing-machine manufacturing plant in Clyde, Ohio. A human driver teaches a Seegrid vehicle how to navigate a route by guiding it through one trip. Seegrid maps the route, and can function independently afterwards, improving its knowledge with successive trips.
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