The effort to develop and implement truly autonomous vehicles (AVs) is one whose magnitude (at least from a technology standpoint) hasn’t been matched since the “Space Race” in the 1960s in terms of resources necessary, economic impact and societal implications.
The journey to autonomous vehicles has been undertaken by virtually all traditional vehicle manufacturers, but you may be surprised to learn about a company that has entered the race – Hexagon – a diverse company known primarily for metrology (precise measurement) and production automation, among many other things in widely ranging industries.
Hexagon’s involvement with autonomous vehicles was recently showcased at its annual conference, HxGN Live 2019. During and after the event Hexagon’s Positioning Intelligence (PI) division provided material from presentations and demonstrations that illustrated its progress and future direction of autonomous vehicles with its digital solutions that create Autonomous Connected Ecosystems (ACE). The company stressed, however, that while progress has definitely been made, there is still a long way to go before vehicles can be truly autonomous because of safety and reliability issues.