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Cars, Drones, and Unmanned Vehicles

Self-driving cars, autonomous trucks, flying taxis, autonomous agriculture, farming robots, agri-tech, autonomous robotics – they are all part of a larger Autonomous Systems market. The word autonomous means having the power to self-govern.1 Autonomous Systems “self-govern” by incorporating real-time image processing and computer vision to provide automated-control with little to no external intervention. Imaging and sensor technologies have benefited from advancements in the fields of optics and photonics, enabling the use of Autonomous Systems to create real world solutions. While self-driving cars and drones may have once seemed like science fiction, it is real today and being implemented across the board.

Why Autonomous Systems?

According to the US Department of Transportation, driver error accounted for about 94% of all automotive crashes between 2005 to 2007, a total of 2,046,000 accidents.2 Machine vision systems are currently being used to guide autonomous systems such as self-driving cars reliably and repeatably to drastically reduce automotive accidents by removing driver error almost entirely.

Driver, Vehicle, and Environment-Related Crashes

  • Driver Error93
  • Vechicle Error2
  • Environment2
  • Unknown2

Optics for Autonomous Applications

On-board components must be robust, compact, shock or vibration resistant, and versatile to provide a broader degree of freedom than the components used in factory automation. Without such machine vision components, autonomous systems are unable to view their environment and, as a result, are fragile and defenseless against even low-risk, easily avoidable hazards.

Edmund Optics (EO) is a world class optics and photonics manufacturer with over 78 years of experience in optics, design, testing, and manufacturing. Additionally, EO offers a broad selection of versatile and off-the-shelf products, which are continuously updated to support current, relevant challenges for autonomous systems. Learn more about Edmund Optics and our World-Class Imaging Optics and Manufacturing Capabilities.

Edmund Optics’ Solutions for Autonomous Systems

Edmund Optics’ Solutions for Autonomous Systems

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"Vision Systems for 3D Measurement Require Care to Ensure Alignment" by Jessica Gehlhar - Industrial Photonics

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1 (2020). Definition of AUTONOMOUS. [online] Available at: [Accessed 13 Jan. 2020].

2 “Critical Reasons for Crashes Investigated in the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey.” National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, February 2015.

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