LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging)

LiDAR is a laser ‘radar’ – a binary sensor, showing only if something is there or not. It doesn’t capture any other data. 2D LiDAR is the standard sensor for industrial autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and automated guided vehicles (AGVs), required for safety certification. However, 2D LiDARs sense only a thin sliver of the world, a single plane usually some 20 cm above the floor for most AMRs and AGVs. Any objects below or above that plane are invisible to it. 3D LiDARs are unsuitable for mobile robots due to computing and energy requirements.

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