Ouster updates its LIDAR to provide low-light panoramic photos


San Francisco-based Ouster has updated its OS-1 LIDAR to enable it to simultaneously function as a camera, providing 2D panoramic imaging capabilities. This has several implications:

  • The imaging takes place in near-infrared with strong low-light performance, making it a distinct addition to the vehicle's sensing options.
  • Having the imaging and ranging functions performed by a single unit eliminates the need for cross-sensor calibrations.
  • The alignment of the coordinate frames makes it easier to include combined image/depth data in existing computer vision models.

CEO Angus Pacala has written before about Ouster's strategy for simple, managed over-the-air firmware updates. It will be interesting to see what other improvements they deploy to their existing products.


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