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Why Robots Need to See

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The LiDAR/vision debate continues, but since there has been an increasing emphasis on cameras and computer vision in the autonomous vehicle market.

Credit: Robotics Business Review

Most autonomous-vehicle manufacturers use high-end 3D LiDARs and additional sensors to help their vehicles glean enough data to fully understand their surroundings and operate safely. Yet in April 2019, Elon Musk famously said that LiDAR is a "fool's errand," opting for vision-based perception as the underlying information-gathering technology.

While there remains significant value in traditional sensor modalities such as LiDAR, Musk was correct in saying that cameras and computer vision should serve as the foundation of any mobile robot navigation system.

From Robotics Business Review
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