Lidar is an acronym that means ‘Light Detection and Ranging.’ The Lidar technology uses some eye-safe laser beams, creating a 3D model of the area in context. It works by typically emitting pulsed light waves into the environment via a lidar sensor. The pulses come into contact with any object on its way. It bounces off it and returns to the sensor. The sensor mathematically calculates the distance traveled and the time taken for the pulse to return to the sensor after it was released and subsequently bounced off from a surface. This process repeats itself a couple of million times per second, creating a real-time 3D environment map.
Like any other sensor, the range of operation is a crucial factor for the Lidar technology. Lidar has an average range of 300 meters, slightly above the average sensors of its type, presumably 100 times higher sensitivity than average. It enables it to work efficiently in any environment regardless. With a longer-range sensitivity, the devices on Lidar technology can then have a more extensive work vicinity due to its abilities, reducing the possible limitations that would have lowered the workability of the device.
Instantaneous Velocity Per Pixel
Most sensors have their ability boxed within a certain speed bracket for maximum efficiency. However, in its unique design, the Lidar technology can work efficiently even at the highest speeds, giving its users nothing to worry about; it also widens its range of applications from slow-moving devices to fast-moving machines.
Free From Interference
Interference is any signal that disrupts normal functioning and is termed noise. These interferences go a long way into reducing the efficiency of most sensors in ways such as lowering their accuracy. However, Lidar uses a unique Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) technology which generally offers unparalleled sensing capabilities, hence ensuring that Lidar can work in all sorts of environments without fear of interference of any kind.
Lidar technology is a tiny technology with so much greatness in its performance despite its size. Its compact size enables the use of Lidar in various fields, using in both large and small machines. However, the technology runs on low power, maximizing efficiency just like its size. It is, therefore, possible to run the technology even in small battery-powered devices without the worry of functionality. It is incredible how Lidar technology requires so little to perform its powerful functions; what would describe efficiency best if not Lidar?
The Lidar sensing technology is relatively cheap compared to other technologies of its kind. Despite its incredible performance, the technology is still affordable for purchase. For sure, the technology is worth more than the price of it. However, the cost of the device goes lower if ordered on a large scale due to manufacturing logistics, making it possible for bulk purchases at incredible prices. After all, the Lidar technology is perfectly designed to function at minimal operating costs and maintenance required, making it a long-term valuable asset to its users.