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Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 in Science |

Germany: A 3D laser scanner to measure distances on the move

Germany: A 3D laser scanner to measure distances on the move

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A new version of 3D laser scanner can measure accurately and very quickly the distances. It was developed by a team from the for Physical Measurement Techniques (IPM) in Freiburg (Germany).

What specifically will these laser devices? For in principle are designed to adapt to the trains, railway infrastructure, automobiles and highways. On motorways for example, can be used to detect bumps or other ground hazards of the road. This increases the probability of avoiding them in time.

His main achievement: The speed with which you make the measurement process in motion, allowing for example to monitor the position of the rails of a train going at a speed of 100 kilometers per hour. It can be a good way try to prevent accidents.

For vehicles have created a 3D scanner that checks the roads from a height of three meters. And here stands the accuracy of this system can detect height differences of up to 0.2 mm at speeds of 80 miles per hour.

According to its developers this technology has no risks to humans, animals or objects, that is, that can be used outdoors without any problems.

is used in a while for these purposes, eg the Volvo project Sartre uses laser sensors to guide caravans of cars and BMW uses laser scanners in their cars to help drivers in their left turns.

Link: Scanning laser from moving vehicles to guard rails or roads (NCYT)

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