LiDAR for Autonomous Vehicles

Find manufacturers of LiDAR for Autonomous Vehicles and suppliers of MEMS LiDAR for robotics, navigation, ADAS and remote sensing.
Overview LiDAR for Autonomous Vehicles
By Technology Editor Last updated: April 1st, 2022

Remote Sensing LiDAR for Unmanned Vehicles

LW20/C microLiDAR Single-beam long-range laser rangefinder

LW20/C microLiDAR by LightWare for drones, self-driving cars and robotic platforms

ADAS (Advanced Driver Assist System) LiDAR is one of the leading technologies currently being utilized in the development of autonomous vehicles and self-driving cars. Autonomous drones, robots and vehicles can utilize LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) for navigation, obstacle detection and collision avoidance.

MEMS LiDAR for Remote Sensing

MEMS (micro-electromechanical system) LiDAR technologies are currently being developed for use in autonomous driving as well as unmanned systems such as UGVs (unmanned ground vehicles) and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). These use tiny MEMS mirrors, etched onto silicon wafers, to accurately deflect the laser beam. The MEMS mirror arrays can be used to replace traditional beam deflection units, which are usually spinning devices that are mechanically complex and prone to friction and wear.

How does Doppler LiDAR work?

Doppler LiDAR uses the frequency shift of moving objects (caused by the Doppler effect) to directly measure velocity. The reflected backscatter signal is recorded and mixed with a reference laser beam of known frequency. The frequency shift of the mixed signal is used to calculate the velocity.

What is the difference between LiDAR and radar?

Both LiDAR and radar make measurements using reflected pulses. LiDAR uses laser signals, whereas radar uses radio waves.

Using LiDAR for Navigation

LiDAR for robotic navigation provides crucial distance measurement information relating to surroundings and the vehicle’s position in relation to objects. Scanning LiDAR can provide a 360 degree sweep of the vehicle’s surroundings, presenting a two dimensional ‘view’ of the vehicle’s position in order to be able to navigate a clear course to its destination.