What is LiDAR?
LiDAR – Light Detection and Ranging – is a technology that targets an object with a laser and measures the time that passes until the reflected light returns to the receiver. This means LiDAR sensors are capable of generating a 3D or 2D image with spatial and depth data for detecting, measuring, localizing and tracking objects.
LiDAR technology has revolutionized automation in countless industries, from automotive to logistics and warehousing to aerospace. LiDAR sensors with a real-time detection range of up to 360° are used to detect obstacles in industrial environments such as factories and warehouses. In transport vehicles, for instance, the systems detect distances and prevent collisions with people, objects or other vehicles. LiDAR sensors installed in robot arms or manned forklift trucks provide greater efficiency, accuracy, and safety by simplifying and optimizing handling, transport, loading and unloading, and material storage.
SICK pioneered LiDAR technology back in the 1980s and has since revolutionized its application in industry over the past decades. The company’s innovative sensor technology is helping to shape the world of tomorrow today.