A few photos and video related to automotive lidar gathered as I reported “The Laser That’s Changing the World. For a look at how autonomous vehicles see the world, check out the videos here.


  • Jim McBride, Ford's senior technical leader for autonomous vehicles
  • Navlab 1, with the ERIM lidar over the cab (courtesy Carnegie Mellon University)
  • David Hall's "Team D.A.D." Toyota Tundra before the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge (courtesy Velodyne Lidar)
  • Jim West, Perceptron's co-founder and now vice president of engineering, in the company's Plymouth, Michigan headquarters.



  • History Channel: Carnegie Mellon autonomous vehicles from way-back
  • CMU's Terregator
  • CMU's Navlab 1 in action
  • PBS Nova short on Velodyne's Team D.A.D.: "D.A.D.'s Big Day"
  • CMU's DARPA Grand Challenge entry, Sandstorm
  • WIRED with Boss, CMU's 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge winner