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New Pedestrian Detector from Google Could Make Self-Driving Cars Cheaper

By Mark Harris

Google’s self-driving cars roam the sunny streets of Mountain View, Calif., in public but much of the technology that powers them has never seen the light of day. Yesterday, attendees at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Seattle got a rare glimpse into a new safety feature the tech giant is working on.

Anelia Angelova, a research scientist at Google working on computer vision and machine learning, presented a new pedestrian detection system that works on video images alone. Recognizing, tracking, and avoiding human beings is a critical capability in any driverless car, and Google’s vehicles areduly festooned with lidar, radar, and cameras to ensure that they identify people within hundreds of meters.   …[Read more]


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