Terabee’s TeraRanger Tower Offers Lower Cost Collision-Avoidance System
” Sensor and sensing solutions company, Terabee, has released a new video showing how their alternative to traditional rotating LiDAR scanners, the TeraRanger Tower, can be used to perform drone collision avoidance against a wall.
Based on APM 3.5, they’ve written drivers allowing the TeraRanger Tower to feed data to the autopilots’ object avoidance code-base. Terabee claims this is the first time this has been done using static LiDAR sensors – a concept many in the robotics field had previously questioned. But here we see it working, simultaneously monitoring eight points at fast refresh rates, with no mechanical parts for beam deflection or sensor rotation.”
” Terabee CEO, Max Ruffo, explains, “There has long been a perception that to perform navigation, Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) and collision avoidance you have to “see” everything around you. So people focus on complex solutions – like stereo vision – gathering millions of data points which then requires complex algorithms and resource-hungry processing. This complexity creates scope for many failure modes! Our approach is different … “