PerceptIn, a visual intelligence company headquartered in California, in a recent statement on Thursday, Jan. 17th 2019, announced a thousand-meter visual perception module. The module which is tailor-made for semi-autonomous high-speed trains can detect obstacles on tracks from distances which can’t be seen by human eyes with clarity. Obstacles such as transport by highway, rail, ship, or aircraft, can be perceived a thousand meters ahead with the thousand-meter visual perception module. The module can also be configured for a 300-meter range deployment in industrial and commercial autonomous vehicles such as logistics trucks.
The module was solely created with safety in mind and is capable of accurately detecting obstacles and also compute distances or impact journey, to help today’s high-speed commutes’ autonomous driving systems with more reaction time to avoid impact or collision. PerceptIn in collaboration with CRRC Corporation Limited, a rolling stock manufacturer, specialized in high-speed trains, will deploy a customized long-range visual perception module that will be implemented in China’s high-speed railway system.
According to Shaoshan Liu, Founder and CEO of PerceptIn, LiDAR (light detection and ranging) sensors, which are mostly employed in autonomous driving scenarios, have a major flaw, that is they can’t provide range detection data and semantic information, which makes them unsuitable for high-speed calibrations. Which brings us to the only viable solution, i.e. Visual perception. With the company’s thousand-meter visual perception technology, high-speed rails now come with higher range visual perception capabilities, that ensures safety.