Hanwha Aerospace has been granted a patent for a driving apparatus that uses LIDAR and a camera to detect surroundings and differentiate ramps and flat ground as non-obstacles. The processor analyzes images to determine driving paths, assigning weights to detection results for accurate identification. GlobalData’s report on Hanwha Aerospace gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Hanwha Aerospace, Remote controlled surveillance was a key innovation area identified from patents. Hanwha Aerospace's grant share as of April 2024 was 70%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Driving apparatus detecting ramps and flat ground as non-obstacles

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Hanwha Aerospace Co Ltd

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11970184B2) discloses a driving apparatus equipped with a surroundings detection unit comprising a LIDAR device and a camera, controlled by at least one processor. The processor is configured to detect ramps and flat ground on the driving path using images from the camera and LIDAR data, distinguishing them as non-obstacles. By analyzing the movement of feature patterns in the camera images, the processor can identify the type of terrain the vehicle is on, adjusting the weights applied to LIDAR and camera data accordingly for accurate detection.

Furthermore, the patent also details a driving controlling method for the driving apparatus, involving the detection of surroundings using LIDAR and a camera, and controlling the vehicle based on the detected surroundings. The method includes identifying ramps and flat ground on the driving path by analyzing camera images and LIDAR data, ensuring that these features are not mistaken for obstacles that could trigger an emergency stop. By monitoring the movement of feature patterns in the images, the method can accurately determine the type of terrain the vehicle is navigating, adjusting the weights assigned to LIDAR and camera data for precise detection and control.

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