What does a fighter jet have to do with autonomous vehicles?
AEye’s technology has evolved from AEye CEO Luis Dussan’s work in designing surveillance, reconnaissance, and defense systems for fighter jets.
In order to deliver military-grade performance in autonomous cars, Luis assembled a world-class team of technical experts and thought leaders from leading military institutions and technology companies.
A fighter jet must see a target before the target sees it.
With critical missions and pilots’ lives at stake, three principles shaped the perception systems on these military aircraft:
- Never miss anything
- Understand that objects are not created equally and require different attention
- Do everything in real time
AEye CEO Luis Dussan realized that any robot, especially a self-driving vehicle, faces a similar challenge.
Simply put, a car must be able to see, classify, and respond to an object—whether it is a parked car or a child crossing the street—in real time and before it’s too late.
Taking a completely fresh approach to artificial perception, the AEye team determined that a vehicle’s ability to scan the surroundings and quickly identify critical objects demanded that it perceive like a person, but think like a robot.
Mimicking human perception required pushing intelligence and processing to the edge of the network, creating an integrated perception system that brought together software extensibility, artificial intelligence, and smart, agile sensors.
This led to the creation of AEye’s iDAR, the world’s first solid state, leading-edge artificial perception platform for autonomous vehicles.
Three Steps in Human Perception
Next time you are looking for someone in a crowd, think about the steps you take.
You will see that you go through three steps of perception: Search, Acquisition, and—once you find the person—Tracking.
Search. Your eyes search the crowd looking for a familiar pattern that resembles your friend.
Acquire. You identify the familiar pattern and visually confirm that this is your friend.
Track. Once you have identified your friend, you track their movements in the crowd.