A trip to Germany and a cash prize may be in the future of the Millersville University Robotics team. The team has been selected as one of just 13 teams in the nation to compete in the TiM$10K challenge. The competition is organized by SICK, one of the most prominent companies for sensor-based applications and sensor intelligence.
To be selected for the competition, teams first had to submit a proposal for the research they would conduct to develop new applications for SICK. Once selected, the teams were sent a TiM-P LiDAR system for their projects. LiDAR, which stands for “light detection and ranging,” uses a special combination of 3-D scanning and laser scanning to determine ranges.
This technology is commonly used in surveying, forestry and other geographical fields, but it has also been used in the development of self-driving cars and NASA’s helicopter “Ingenuity,” which has made notable flights to Mars.