Though not commonly known, lidar is used for a variety of things including autonomous vehicles, mobile devices, and augmented reality. Tom Merritt lists five things to know about lidar.
Lidar has been used for decades for things like atmospheric research. More recently, people hear about it in advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous cars. It’s even showing up in mobile devices for augmented reality. But what is it? Here are five things to know about lidar.
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Lidar is great at 3D mapping the world around you which makes it useful in lots of applications, but it works best when combined with other sensors. GPS can tell you where you actually are and turn the 3D images into a 3D map. Accelerometers can tell you how long before you hit that thing the lidar sensor sees. These technologies are getting cheaper to make, so you’ll see them in more things.
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