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A few days have passed since the end of the IAA; time to gather impressions and look back. For numerous reasons, IAA 2021 was a special event for Blickfeld.

Integration concept with ultra-compact LiDAR

With the pandemic causing industry meetings to take place mostly virtually in recent months, it was especially nice to be back at the IAA with a physical trade show presence for the first time since CES in January 2020. The relocation to Munich also made the show a home game for Blickfeld. Enough reasons to present the integration possibilities of the automotive LiDAR Vision Mini with a chic booth design! For this purpose, Blickfeld had a vehicle design study made that includes the integration of the sensor at various positions around the car as a part of the design process. For example, the ultra-compact Vision Mini, which measures just 5 x 5 x 5 cm, can be integrated into the headlights, the side mirrors, the B-pillars, or the roof – without bulky superstructures.

Blickfeld booth at IAA Summit

Visitors were able to see for themselves what this integration in the side mirrors might look like using a demonstrator at the Blickfeld booth. Here, two Vision Minis and a camera were integrated into a specially designed side mirror, with accompanying material showing the point clouds and camera recordings from test drives. This clearly illustrates that sensor integration creates a great deal of added value: Today’s test vehicles are equipped with attachments and superstructures, which is not an option for the mass market. In the large-scale application, the focus will be on vehicle integration, not least because of issues such as safety or cleaning. In the medium term, the 360° all-round view provided by the integration of the Vision Minis will also enable highly automated driving.

Many different visitors on the Blickfeld booth

These exhibits at the Blickfeld booth were shown not only to customers, suppliers, investors, or interested private individuals but also to politicians such as Judith Gerlach, Bavarian Minister for Digital Affairs as well as VDA Chairwoman Hildegard Müller. In a conversation with Blickfeld COO Terje Noevig, Mrs. Müller was introduced to Blickfeld’s technology and vision and showed great interest and enthusiasm for the technology of the future. In doing so, she emphasized that the automation of vehicles is the second major strategic field of action for the German automotive industry and its suppliers, alongside electrification.

Hildegard Müller, VDA Chairwoman, and Terje Noevig, Blickfeld COO

LiDAR deployment in Open Space

With Munich as the new site for the fair, IAA has also introduced a new concept for the trade show. In addition to the so-called “Summit” on the fairgrounds, there were also exhibition venues in the center of Munich, the “Open Space”. The aim was to use this to make the topics of future mobility easily accessible to target groups outside the trade audience. Blickfeld was also represented in this area – albeit somewhat more discreetly than at the Summit. Rather, Blickfeld Cube 1 sensors captured visitor flows in central squares such as Max-Josephs-Platz or the Hofgarten so that the organizers could use the LiDAR data to examine compliance with Corona regulations. The big advantage of LiDAR data in this context is that it only records distance data, not personal information. This means that the application was implemented in absolute compliance with data protection regulations.

Furthermore, Blickfeld sensors were also used on larger booths to create a so-called “heat map”. This involves tracking how visitors move around the booth in order to see which exhibits were particularly interesting or where interested visitors stopped. This information can be very valuable for future booth planning.

Example Heatmap based on LiDAR data

Big success at different locations at the IAA

So, there are many reasons why the IAA was a great success for Blickfeld! It was exciting to see that so many interested visitors, customers and partners took the opportunity to participate in a major industry meeting again. We are looking forward to the next trade show!

Sensor technology counts trade show visitors for Corona guidelines compliance while protecting personal data

Sensors from LiDAR manufacturer Blickfeld will be in use at several locations during the International Motor Show (IAA) in Munich. Visitor counting specialist EvoCount is using the Munich-based company’s technology to count trade show visitors in the exhibition area in downtown Munich. The technology not only ensures adherence to Corona regulations but also protection of the attendees’ health. LiDAR sensors, as offered by Blickfeld, are particularly suitable for this purpose because they capture 3D data without color information. This allows people to be detected but not identified, making the application compliant with data protection regulations. In addition, the technology reliably records data under all lighting conditions and is tamper-proof.

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A conversation with Grégory Poillion, Vice President Automotive Sales and Business Development

Grégory Poillion joined the Blickfeld management team as Vice President Automotive Sales and Business Development in June, bringing impressive automotive market expertise into the company. In this chat, he talks about his vision of an autonomous future, the Blickfeld spirit and what important learnings are going to help him shape Blickfeld’s automotive business further.

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Blickfeld supports the Elbflorace team of the TU Dresden with LiDAR sensors

For the last 15 years, the Elbflorace team from TU Dresden has successfully built race cars to participate in Formula Student competitions. This year, for the first time, Blickfeld Cube 1 LiDAR sensors are also part of the project. The team has continually evolved its technology over the years: in 2010, the first car with an electric drive was introduced, and since 2018 they have been fielding autonomous race cars as well. This year, the car can compete in both disciplines as their vehicle can operate autonomously (or with a driver) while using an electric drive.

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Blickfeld introduces industry-first functions for on-device pre-processing of LiDAR data

LiDAR manufacturer and perception software provider Blickfeld enables Smart LiDAR functionality on their sensors. This makes Blickfeld sensors the first LiDAR sensors that not only collect detailed 3D data but are also capable of computing and providing enriched information through on-device pre-processing. This pre-processing is an industry first and is accomplished by a high-performance computing chipset integrated into the LiDAR. The first feature introduced by Blickfeld is a pre-processing algorithm that enables motion detection. As a result, Smart LiDARs offer easier, faster, and more cost-effective integration into applications and solutions.

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3D data optimize passenger logistics and enable the prediction of passenger traffic

LiDAR sensors and perception software provider Blickfeld announces the implementation of a first project phase of a people counting application at Frankfurt Airport (FRA). Blickfeld is implementing the detection and analysis of passenger volumes and movements in the check-in hall A of Terminal 1 for Fraport AG in collaboration with evaluation expert Sensalytics. For the first time, passenger flows can be recorded anonymously over a large area using Blickfeld’s powerful and precise LiDAR sensors, combined with the counting and tracking software. In the future, this could help optimize passenger logistics and enable short-term prediction of passenger volumes.

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A conversation with Christian Waizenegger, Vice President Sales and Business Development

Christian Waizenegger joined the Blickfeld management team as VP of Sales and Business Development in February. In this chat, he tells us what fascinates him about the Blickfeld technology, what a typical day at Blickfeld looks like, and what he plans for his team.

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Vision Mini, Vision Plus and the MEMS Scanning Module 118 form the automotive product suite

LiDAR manufacturer Blickfeld will unveil its automotive LiDAR products for the first time at digital CES 2021. After commercially launching the industrial LiDAR “Cube 1” in 2020, the Munich-based company is now presenting its automotive LiDAR suite consisting of a mid-range as well as a long-range sensor. Blickfeld is also introducing its MEMS Scanning Module 118 as a product.

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Blickfeld tackles this question together with nine other partners in the “VIVALDI” research project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Countless test driving kilometers are required to make automated vehicles as safe as possible. This takes place both on the road and virtually in simulations. VIVALDI aims to develop virtual test methods to increase reliability.

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“The LiDAR revolution is coming” – Cedric Engels alias Dr. Whatson is convinced of this. In a detailed educational video about LiDAR sensors and Blickfeld, Dr. Watson comprehensively explains the sensor concept in autonomous driving, goes deep into LiDAR technology, and gives an overview of the entire LiDAR market.

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Blickfeld participates in the research project “IN2Lab” led by the Ingolstadt University of Technology

LiDAR manufacturer Blickfeld is a project partner in the IN2Lab research project, led by Ingolstadt University of Technology (THI) and funded by the Bavarian Collaborative Research Programme (BayVFP). The three-year research project aims to develop a safety system that enables the testing of automated driving functions in the real-life environment.

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Blickfeld is pleased to announce that our software library, known as the Blickfeld Scanner Library (BSL), is now available as an open-source project. Timor Knudsen, the Lead of Embedded Software, explains what the Blickfeld Scanner Library is used for, who will benefit from it, and why it is being made available as an open-source project.

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