Autonomous Inspection Robots Equipped with LiDAR Sensors

By Phoebe Grinter / 11 Aug 2021

ANYbotics will equip its autonomous mobile robots with Velodyne Lidar’s Puck lidar sensors in order to provide industrial operators with an automated robotic inspection solution to support efforts in monitoring and maintaining plants.


Robotic Inspection Solution

Equipped with Velodyne’s Puck sensors, the ANYbotics robotic inspection solution is able to map industrial environments to detect obstacles and allow its ANYmal robot to avoid collisions while navigating environments with a higher level of accuracy.

“Velodyne’s lidar sensors provide ANYmal with a constant stream of high-resolution, 3D information about its surroundings, helping the robot safely map and patrol complex and harsh environments,” said Daniel Lopez Madrid, Team Lead Perception at ANYbotics. 

“The sensors enable the precise localization and mapping capabilities our robots need to understand the physical environment they are operating in and any changes such as moving people and objects.”

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Inspection and Monitoring

The four-legged ANYmal performs inspection and monitoring tasks in challenging industrial terrains such as mining and minerals, oil and gas, chemicals, energy and construction. ANYmal’s inspection payload provides visual, thermal and acoustic insights for condition monitoring of equipment and infrastructure.

The lidar sensors will allow the mobile robots to extend outside controlled situations with pre-defined tasks and function in unfamiliar and unpredictable settings. The sensors provide real-time 3D perception data for localization, mapping, object classification and object tracking. 


Combining high-resolution image data with a broad vertical field of view, the sensors detect the shape of even low reflectivity objects regardless of their material and movement. 

“ANYbotics robotic solutions excel at automating industrial inspections that provide plant operators information to maximize equipment uptime and improve safety,” said Erich Smidt, Executive Director Europe, Velodyne Lidar. 

“By using Velodyne’s lidar, their robots can autonomously navigate complex multi-story environments and find the quickest route to perform missions. During operation, the robot’s system can safely avoid obstacles and reliably move over rough terrain.”

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