LiDAR: Sensing Your World

Updated: Nov 26, 2021




Advancements in remote sensing technology present immense opportunities for businesses operating in the drone or other unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) or Internet of Things (IoT) sectors. With a sensor integrated - drones, robots and devices are equipped with accurate range and perception ability to perform numerous operations. Sensors also collect rich data remotely, making them essential for businesses that utilize unmanned vehicles (UVs) to explore difficult terrain.


Ideal sensor technology: LiDAR

This convergence of machine and remote sensing is creating endless opportunities for technology-driven businesses operating in a multitude of sectors. One such sensing technology is LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging).


LiDAR sensors work on the Time of Flight (ToF) principle, where laser light pulses are emitted into the environment. These pulses reflect off surrounding objects and return to the LiDAR receiver. The time taken for each pulse to return to the receiver is used to calculate the distance it travelled.


LiDAR is also eye-safe and highly accurate. Since it generates its own light source, LiDAR is effective during the day or night. It performs especially well in difficult conditions such as rain, shadows, direct sunlight, or glare.


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LiDAR applications for UVs & IoT

Through advanced navigation and beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) technology, LiDAR sensors provide enhanced depth perception for UAVs and ground robots of any size. This gives your machine ‘’eyes’’ to safely navigate surroundings, detect movement, objects, and measure distances at rapid speed.



LiDAR sensors have a wide range of applications across multiple industries, making them an essential solution for range, perception and IoT related challenges. Some popular applications for LiDAR stimulating strong demand for this laser technology include altitude measurement, obstacle detection, sense and avoid, SLAM (simultaneous localization & mapping), smart agriculture, smart parking solutions, sustainability monitoring, and more.


Ideal LiDAR Partner: LightWare LLC

Established in the USA, LightWare LiDAR LLC manufactures the world’s smallest, lightest, scanning microLiDAR™ sensors for use in UVs. This ensures no compromise on payload and work time.


Find out more about LightWare’s microLiDAR™ UV & IoT solutions


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