Future autonomous vehicle and other machine intelligence systems might not need line-of-sight to gather incredibly detailed image data: New research from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Toronto and University College London has devised a technique for “seeing around corners.”

The method uses special sources of light, combined with sensors and computer vision processing to effectively infer or rebuild extremely detailed imagery, much more detailed than has been possible previously, without having photographed it or otherwise ‘viewed’ it directly.

There are some limitations – so far, researchers working on the project have only been able to use this technique effectively for “relatively small areas,” according to CMU Robotics Institute Professor Srinivasa Narasimhan.

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That limitation could be mitigated by employing this technique alongside others

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