06 July 2018
A pilot program to characterise and assess LiDAR sensors to improve performance and safety of autonomous vehicles has been announced by Leti, a research institute at CEA Tech, Transdev, a provider of mobility services, and IRT Nanoelec, an R&D centre focused on information and communication technologies using micro- and nanoelectronics.
Transdev’s latest transportation technologies already allow to operate fleets of autonomous vehicles for shared mobility. The perception of the environment through sensors is essential to offer the best client experience in terms of comfort and operation speed guaranteeing the required level of safety and security, says Transdev. Evaluating sensor effectiveness and robustness is critical to develop its Autonomous Transport System that will allow the operation of autonomous vehicles fleets in a maximum of environmental conditions safely and securely.
In the pilot program, Leti teams will focus on perception requirements and challenges from a LiDAR system perspective and evaluate the sensors in real-world conditions. Vehicles will be exposed to objects with varying reflectivity, such as tires and street signs, as well as environmental conditions, such as weather, available light and fog. In addition to evaluating the sensors’ performance, the project will produce a list of criteria and objective parameters by which various commercial LiDAR systems could be evaluated.