DEyncourt wrote: Photographer says LIDAR system on self-driving car damaged his camera:
The "lights" in the sky are where the LIDAR burned out the sensors inside his camera (the line in the picture is an occasional artifact). The maker of the LIDAR system has offered to replace the $2 K camera.
AEye--the LIDAR maker--uses a 1550 nm laser which has the advantage of being opaque for the fluid inside human eyes. As a result they can use more powerful lasers than most LIDAR systems, BUT this does make anything without similar protection like camera sensors vulnerable to damage.
I read this article a few days ago. The problem is that camera based systems are becoming more common, so I suspect that these high power LIDAR systems are going to be a no-go. They can afford to replace one journalist's $2k camera. I doubt they will be able to afford to replace all of the damaged cameras on other cars, though.