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At Detroit auto show, the future of cars is… in the future

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At Detroit auto show, the future of cars is... in the futureThe Detroit auto show kicked off this week with glitzy, high-production value debuts of mostly sports cars, giant trucks and SUVs — new versions of age-old themes. At the booth of Velodyne LiDAR, which makes laser scanning automotive eyes, a giant monitor showed the surrounding environment just as an autonomous car might see it: full of dots and circles. Something as simple as bug splatter can frustrate the laser eyes’ ability to see.