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Step into a Lidar Point Cloud at CES 2023

Most consumers have heard about lidar: It’s in the latest iPhone and in robot vacuums, and it’s now coming to cars, trucks, trains, and traffic systems, with its precise 3D measurement promising new levels of safety and performance in transportation. 

At this year’s CES, attendees are invited to experience this technology first-hand through AEye’s immersive lidar exhibits. Visitors can step inside a virtual reality lidar point cloud, walk through a live, lidar-monitored crosswalk, and “ride” through the streets of Las Vegas in AEye’s demonstration vehicle to learn how software-driven lidar improves pedestrian safety, enables safe, high-speed highway ADAS (Advanced Driver Assist Systems) and autonomous functionality, and future-proofs autonomous development. 

Given that CES 2023 is expected to attract 100,000 attendees and more than 2,000 exhibitors, we’ve listed a few highlights of what you can expect to see and experience at AEye’s indoor and outdoor exhibits to help with your planning.

AEye’s Indoor Exhibit – LVCC West Hall Booth #3429 

At our indoor exhibit in the LVCC West Hall, AEye will be showcasing the power and precision of adaptive lidar. But what is adaptive lidar? 

It’s a lidar that has hardware components that are completely software configurable, creating a powerful, intelligent sensor system that is both flexible and adaptable to different or changing environments and weather conditions, as well as varied markets, applications, and use cases.

Because AEye’s adaptive lidar can dynamically focus on what matters most in the field of view in real-time, it’s able to deliver fast, accurate, and reliable information that helps save lives.

At AEye’s booth, visitors can experience this exciting technology first-hand by walking through a live lidar point cloud with a virtual reality headset and by crossing a live, lidar-mounted crosswalk. 

At the VR demo, attendees can don a headset to step inside a live 3D lidar point cloud via a livestream from AEye’s 4Sight™ sensor. This exhibit demonstrates how lidar accurately captures information about the 3D world. At the live crosswalk, adaptive lidar will identify and track pedestrians (i.e., conference attendees), displaying data being extracted by the lidar sensor including crowd size, speed, height and distance. That data is processed by the Seoul Robotics perception system in real-time to trigger a traffic light’s response to the number of pedestrians in the crosswalk. This technology can be applied to enhance pedestrian safety at a crosswalk, as well as to improve crowd monitoring in any urban and crowded pedestrian environment, including airports, subways, and festivals. 

AEye’s Automotive Demonstration – Outside the LVCC West Hall 

AEye continues its immersive lidar display outside the West Hall in the Autonomous Vehicle Demo Area, where visitors can take a “ride” in AEye’s ShadowVan demonstration vehicle, try out AEye’s SteadiCam and amplify their VR experience. 

At the ShadowVan, we’re showcasing our 4Sight™ Intelligent Sensing Platform and partners. On the automotive side, attendees will experience Continental’s HRL131 Long Range Lidar product, built on 4Sight™. Visitors can step inside the van to watch the roof-mounted HRL131 reconfigure performance modes on-the-fly to optimize perception in different driving environments, such as parking lots, city streets, and highways. We’ll showcase low-speed mode for urban maneuvers and high-speed mode for highway driving on our ultrawide screen to demonstrate how this best-of-breed lidar system helps passenger cars, robotaxis, and commercial vehicles overcome key perception shortcomings in assisted and autonomous driving systems. 

Also outside, attendees will have the opportunity to try out AEye’s SteadiCam. Designed to showcase how the HRL131 product adapts to road slopes, speed bumps and potholes on-the-fly, visitors can move a lever to change the sensor pitch and witness how the region of interest (ROI) stays at the horizon. That’s because AEye’s smart software is able to compensate for the sensor pitch in real-time, a critical capability in a world where our roads can be hilly, most highways have gradients, and potholes and speed bumps are a common occurrence 

On the industrial side, visitors can experience performance modes optimized for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) two different ways. 

Mounted 10 meters high, attendees of the first ITS demonstration will witness AEye’s 4Sight™ M sensor, also built on the 4Sight™ Intelligent Sensing Platform, cycle through performance modes, and see how the same hardware can be reconfigured through software to address city-wide needs for automated tolling, intersection management, and highway monitoring. 

In the second ITS demonstration, we’ll expand upon our indoor VR experience. Visitors will put on a headset and fly through a live, long-range point cloud to see how AEye’s 4Sight™ M lidar adapts its performance through software to address any ITS application. AEye has built a software-defined lidar from the ground up that can adjust range, resolution, frame rate, and field-of-view to adapt to any use case, including automated tolling, intersection management, highway monitoring and more, without requiring a hardware change. Here, visitors will witness how the 4Sight™ architecture allows city-wide scalability for all ITS applications. 

Safer Mobility for All

AEye’s adaptive lidar is designed to provide safer mobility for all modes of transportation – from cars and trucks, to pedestrians and cyclists. At CES, the company will release findings of its “Safer Mobility Survey,” conducted in partnership with the Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE), which gauges Americans’ views on road safety for all road users, including drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. 

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