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Not sure how many of you have been following the PBS Time Scanners series and although you may question some of the engineering themes there is no disputing that it is educating the general public in a big way about the value of 3D laser scanning. Be sure to take a look.
On a similar note, I had the honor of being interviewed and quoted by Nick Shchetko from the Wall Street Journal for his article on the cost of LiDAR being a hurdle to its widespread use in self-driving cars. As Geoff Zeiss's Spotlight article points out 3D intelligent highways are also going to be a needed piece of the puzzle. The mass market is gradually becoming aware of LiDAR and laser scanning.
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