One of the reasons we don’t yet have self-driving cars and mini-helicopters delivering online purchases is that autonomous vehicles tend not to perform well under pressure. A system that can flawlessly parallel park at 5 mph may have trouble avoiding obstacles at 35 mph.
“The achievable agility of a robotic platform depends on the speed of its processing pipeline (the series of data acquisition plus data processing); more precisely, it is important that the pipeline offers high sampling rate as well as low latency. At the state of the art, the latency of a CMOS-based pipeline is at a minimum in the order of 50- 250 ms and the sampling rate is in the order of 15-30 Hz. To obtain more agile robots, we need to switch to faster sensors.”
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