Organizations Team Up to Create Learning Experiences Related to Emerging Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (June 22, 2021)—The Exploratorium, a nonprofit organization and museum of science, art, and human perception, and Waymo, a leading developer of autonomous driving technology, today announced a new partnership aimed at co-creating learning experiences related to emerging technologies that will be included in the museum's forthcoming public reopening. Waymo collaborated with the Exploratorium to create an immersive, digital exhibit exploring sensor technology, including lidar, radar, and camera technology that will be on view when the Exploratorium reopens to the public on July 1. In addition, the two organizations will present two events in August and September 2021 as part of the museum's ongoing adult programs, After Dark, which will offer visitors in-depth explorations of emerging technologies.
"Our mission at the Exploratorium is to create learning experiences that enable people to actively explore, ask questions, and understand the world around them," said Phoebe White, Managing Director. "The world around us is becoming increasingly technologically advanced. We're delighted to be working with Waymo to share experiences that help us all understand the kinds of technologies that may someday soon be a part of our everyday lives."
"From our decade of experience building the Waymo Driver, we know it's critical to educate the public on how autonomous driving technology works as it becomes more prevalent in our world," said Satish Jeyachandran, Waymo's Head of Hardware, "so we're thrilled to be partnering with the Exploratorium to illustrate advances in technology that enable safe and autonomously-driven vehicles."
The immersive exhibit, Sensor Fusion, will help visitors understand how autonomous vehicles "see" the world. Image by Amy Snyder, © Exploratorium.
Beginning June 24, 2021, during the members-only reopening preview, visitors to the museum will be able to view and interact with Sensor Fusion, a large, immersive digital exhibit created as part of the partnership. The exhibit aims to demystify and demonstrate the way technology allows autonomously-driven vehicles to "see" the world around them by bringing together information from lidar (light detection and ranging), radar, and cameras to create a cohesive, real-time view. The three-sided exhibit will allow visitors to have several experiences: in the first, visitors can watch as their image is captured by a camera and then by lidar technology; in the second, a visitor can look out at the floor of the Exploratorium and see how the Waymo Driver would "see" the objects and people around it; and in the final experience, a projector "tracks" people around the exhibit with a series of concentric circles that pulse as they navigate the space to illustrate radars moving and static detection capability. Sensor Fusion will remain on view in the Exploratorium’s Gallery 3 through November 2021.
In addition to the immersive exhibit experience, the Exploratorium and Waymo are co-developing two After Dark programs for adults ages 18+ that will take place on August 12 and September 9, 2021. The events will include demonstrations and talks that explore and explain different aspects of autonomous vehicle technology, and invite visitors to understand how technological innovations can shape society and culture. The events will also offer visitors a first-hand experience with autonomously-driven vehicles in the museum's outdoor plaza space. More information about these After Dark events will be available on the museum's website in the coming weeks.
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Waymo is an autonomous driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to get where they're going. Since its start as the Google Self-Driving Car Project in 2009, Waymo has been focused on building the Waymo Driver - the World's Most Experienced Driver, to improve access to mobility while saving thousands of lives now lost to traffic crashes. The Waymo Driver powers Waymo One, the world's first fully autonomous ride-hailing service, as well as Waymo Via, its trucking and local delivery solution. To date, Waymo has autonomously driven tens of millions of miles on public roads and tens of billions of miles in simulation, across 10 U.S. states. Learn how Waymo's advanced sensors are the backbone behind its autonomous driving technology at waymo.com.