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Engineers at MIT have developed a system that can detect minute changes in shadows on the ground to determine if there’s a moving object rounding a corner. The technique is showing promise as a safety feature for autonomous vehicles. When sensing and stopping for an approaching vehicle, the system beat traditional lidar — which is only able to detect visible objects — by more than half a second.
“For applications where robots are moving around environments with other moving objects or people, our method can give the robot an early warning that somebody is coming around the corner, so the vehicle can slow down, adapt its path, and prepare in advance to avoid a collision,” said research co-author Daniela…READ MORE