Young startup Aeva has built a compact sensor that doesn’t just create a 3-D map of the world, it flags everything that’s moving—which tends to be extra important.
IT’S LUNCHTIME, AND the worker bees of Mountain View who aren’t interested in their company’s own catering are walking down East Middlefield Road in search of grub. It’s a lovely esplanade, but all the trees and light poles make these pedestrians hard to spot.
That makes things tricky for a human driver, and extra troublesome for a robot trying to learn to work the wheel. But on a large monitor inside Soroush Salehian and Mina Rezk’s Mercedes Sprinter van, every meandering biped stands out against a sea of white. Those walking toward the van are blue, those moving away from it are red.