A Hungarian startup is betting cameras will help it deliver self-driving cars more quickly and cheaply than Waymo

But AImotive CEO argues that self-driving cars don’t need Lidar. His company is instead building its autonomous car system around inexpensive, compact, off-the-shelf image sensors, the same ones you’d find in your smartphone or digital camera.
“Humans drive with their eyes and brains,” noted AImotive CEO Laszlo Kishonti in a meeting this week with Business Insider. “They don’t need Lidar.”…
Raj Rajkumar, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, called such a system “a very bad idea.”
A camera-based autonomous car system “would work under many conditions,” said Rajkumar, leads CMU’s autonomous vehicle project. But, he continued, “under specific conditions that happen on regular basis, it would fail.