Many new technologies are being deployed to make our lives safer and more convenient. One of those technologies is LiDAR, or Light Detection and Ranging, which uses lasers reflected off of surfaces to measure distances. In a recent article in engineering.com, journalists explore how LiDAR is starting to be used to protect pedestrians from traffic accidents. "According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Agency, a pedestrian is struck and killed by a vehicle on average once every 88 minutes." LiDAR-equipped vehicles could detect pedestrians in time to stop vehicles even if drivers are distracted. Read the full article here.
At MKThink we are looking at the future of built environments and how sensors like LiDAR will play a role in making those environments better for human activities. For instance, LiDAR could play a role in real-time space assessments (i.e. where objects, including people, are in physical relationship to a space, allowing for inventory analysis, space scheduling, security detection and more). The future of spatial intelligence will include data from these types of sensors.
[image reference: www.engineering.com, linked to article]