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Yandex is building LIDAR sensors as self-driving car market accelerates

December 16, 2019 / IoT News

Yandex, a Russian internet service firm, announced that it has begun testing its own Light Identification Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) laser technology and cameras. The new devices will be used for the company’s recently revealed delivery robot, the Yandex. Rover. According to the company, its software can tune the LIDAR’s scanning patterns while driving, with changeable parameters that enable them to adapt to various driving conditions like dense city streets, freeways, and severe weather. The sensors are also able to focus on a specific object in order to determine whether it is a pedestrian, bicycle, or something else at a distance of up to 200 meters (or roughly 656 feet). Dmitry Polishchuk, head of self-driving cars at Yandex said that when the lidar sensors enter mass production, the company will save up to 75 percent on the bill of materials.