LiDAR Sensors Create Safer Pedestrian Walkways in Las Vegas

Quanergy, a provider of solid state LiDAR sensors and smart sensing solutions, and Cisco have partnered to create a connected roadway initiative to help make the nation’s roadways safer and more efficient. LiDAR sensors use lasers that send pulses that reflect off objects to measure directly the distance and shape, creating a detailed 3D map of the physical world. However, in order to perceive what these objects are and where they are located, additional technology is needed to interpret the 3D data from the sensor. Quanergy’s LiDAR sensors and Qortex perception software will be integrated with Cisco’s networking capabilities to create Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for smart transportation.

The two companies have implemented a connected roadway solution in the city of Las Vegas which currently tracks pedestrian flow. In future it is expected to be able to track cars and buses, along with vehicle counting, vehicle queue length detection, and road worker safety.

“Las Vegas is a highly trafficked city, especially for pedestrians, so we are constantly working to implement innovative technologies to better understand and manage the flow of vehicles and people,” said Michael Lee Sherwood, director of information technologies for the City of Las Vegas. “With the insights gained from Quanergy’s integration with Cisco’s smart city connected roadway efforts, we’ve already seen the significant advantage that greater sensing and perception capabilities can have on the transportation systems that are integral to any thriving city.”

“The goal of the Cisco connected roadway solution is to harness the power of technology and edge computing to promote faster data analysis and communication among vehicles, drivers, lighting and connected signage to help keep pedestrians, drivers and road workers safe,” added Alison Gleeson, senior vice president of the Americas, Cisco.