Tiny solid-state LiDAR device can 3D-map a full 180-degree field of view
Researchers in South Korea have developed an ultra-small, ultra-thin LiDAR device that splits a single laser beam into 10,000 points covering an unprecedented 180-degree field of view. It's capable of 3D depth-mapping an entire hemisphere of vision in a single shot.
Autonomous cars and robots need to be able to perceive the world around them incredibly accurately if they're going to be safe and useful in real-world conditions. In humans, and other autonomous biological entities, this requires a range of different senses and some pretty extraordinary real-time data processing, and the same will likely be true for our technological offspring.