The Advantages of Lidar Sensors in Mobile Robotics

The Advantages of Lidar Sensors in Mobile Robotics

Lidar technology proves beneficial for a wide range of robotics applications, but it becomes even more useful when those robotics systems are on the move. Mobile robotics applications rely on lidar sensors to navigate their environments efficiently and safely. Learn more about the specific advantages of lidar sensors in mobile robotics with this overview.

Greater Range and Field of View

Stationary robots don’t need to worry about colliding with obstacles or finding a safe route through their environment. As a result, they can get by with limited perception. Mobile robots, on the other hand, need a broader range and field of view (FOV) to see more of their environment and navigate safely. Lidar sensors with ultra-wide FOV and vertical FOV increase the robot’s perception and create a more comprehensive view of the surrounding area.

Meanwhile, longer-range lidar applications help mobile robots react to obstacles quicker. This is particularly important for fast-moving robotics applications—such as UAVs or street applications—that need a longer reaction time to brake or turn effectively.

Power Consumption and Operation Hours

Efficient power usage helps keep mobile robots running longer. As lidar technology continues to evolve, models become lighter and more compact. In addition to supporting lightweight and agile mobile robots, these compact sensors also offer longer operating hours. The result produces more time between charges and less downtime for recharging, making mobile robotics applications more efficient than ever.

Operation in Diverse Environments

For mobile robots to truly be useful, they must be able to operate outside of specific controlled environments. This is one of the greatest advantages of lidar sensors in mobile robotics. Because lidar relies on light waves rather than actual vision, it remains effective in a wide range of environments. This allows robots to successfully navigate in the dark, in rain, and in other adverse environments. Furthermore, lidar sensors undergo intense environmental testing to ensure they can hold up against temperature fluctuations, moisture, and other extreme conditions.

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