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LiDAR sensors for robotics and automation

LiDARs allow you to map your environment quickly and accurately. They are a key add-on to any mobile robot (or any autonomous vehicle that rolls, flies or swims) or automated machine that requires a safety zone.

What is a LiDAR sensor?

LiDAR stands for "light detection and ranging". It is a method for determining variable distance based on the time for a reflected light to return to its receiver. In addition to measuring distances and sense obstacles, a LiDAR can create a 3D map of its surrounding environment.

This technology has been a small breakthrough in the field of archaeology, for example. It also enables autonomous vehicles to "visualize" their environment in real time.

How does LiDAR work?

LiDAR technology is similar to radar (which uses radio waves) or sonar (which uses acoustic waves). A laser beam is emitted, bounced back from a surface, and then sent back to the detector. LiDAR then calculates the distance to the target. By using light (laser beam), which speed is a constant value, LiDAR is much more accurate than the other two technologies.

Knowing the position and orientation of the sensor, the XYZ coordinate of the reflective surface can be calculated. It is represented by a point. By repeating this process many times (short pulses of laser beam), the device builds up a complex ‘map’ made up of all the points that it collected.

For a detailed explanation of LiDAR technology, feel free to read our blog post on the subject, entitled What is LiDAR technology?

LiDAR: its different applications

LiDAR is a great alternative to various types of proximity sensors. It is used in many sectors, and for wide varety of missions.

Here are a few examples of applications:

  • Environmental monitoring:
    • Forest monitoring, fight against deforestation
    • Study of atmospheric or volcanic activity
    • Biodiversity evolution
  • Modeling :
    • Tsunamis and floods
    • Road accidents
  • Human activities monitoring:
    • Agriculture management
    • Pollution rates
    • Tourism management
  • Maintenance :
    • Bridge inspection
    • Wind speed and wind turbine surveying
  • Exploration :
    • Archaeological and oceanographic discoveries
    • Oil and gas exploration
  • Robotics :
    • Autonomous cars
    • Delivery of meals, mail, by autonomous mobile robots
    • Security on sensitive sites
    • Creation of safety zones around industrial robots
    • LiDARs are often coupled with other robotic platforms such as humanoid robots, mobile robots, drones, robotic arms, etc.

LiDAR 2D vs LiDAR 3D

3D LiDARs are a more extensive solution, but they are more expensive than 2D LiDARs. However, the former will be more interesting for warehouse automation projects in the medium/long term. Find out why in our blog post "2D LiDAR vs 3D LiDAR".

Our main LiDAR brands

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Small, compact and very quickly installed, the SICK TIM100-3010200 Laser Range Finder is a good solution for controlling all types of indoor surfaces. Connections not included, contact us for more info.

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Extremely accurate and offering a high data rate, this RoboSense 16 Beam 3D Laser Range Finder is one of the most powerful LiDARs on the market. RS-LiDAR-16 is ROS compatible.

Delivery within 4-5 weeks
€110.40 €138.00 -20%

Long range and heavy duty, the Benewake TF02-Pro is capable of measuring distances from 10cm to 40m, with very high accuracy

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Want to make using your Terabee TeraRanger distance sensors even easier? Plug in a TeraRanger USB adapter and connect it directly to your computer.

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The entry level laser range finder from Hokuyo. A 5.6m range at a low price. Ideal for indoor mapping and obstacles detection

Delivery within 5-6 weeks
Price upon request

The OSDome is a hemispherical digital lidar with a 180° field of view offering a range of 20 metres and a resolution four times higher than other sensors.

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The RoboSense RS-Bpearl 3D laser range finder offers an extended field of view and effective blind spot detection for equipping robots and automated equipment without breaking the bank.

Delivery within 4-5 weeks

Suitable for a wide range of indoor and outdoor applications, the SICK LMS111-10100 Laser Range Finder offers an excellent compromise between compact size, cost and performance.

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€30.31 €31.90 -5%

The TF Mini Micro LiDAR Range Finder combines a satisfyingly small size, low price and min-consumption. And in terms of performance, you’ll be delighted with its reliability and accuracy, both indoors and out.

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€111.20 €139.00 -20%

Multiplying loaves and fishes is so has-been. With the TeraRanger Hub, you can now multiply your ToF distance sensors, which is much more practical.

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Looking for a way to make your robot’s movements more precise? Do you want your mobile robot to be able to avoid obstacles and follow certain markers? By connecting a UST-10LX Scanning Laser Range Finder to your creation you will make it even more autonomous, even more responsive to its immediate surroundings!

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The OS0 lidar has an ultra-wide (90°) field of view, meaning it can see everything from floor to ceiling.

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€151.20 €189.00 -20%

With Terabee, you’ll discover a brand-new distance sensor technology, the more efficient and lighter time-of-flight technology offering unbeatable value for money. There are two box design: Spider (lighter) and Box (better protection).

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The most popular laser range finder from Hokuyo. Thousands of robots accross the world use this sensor recognised for its accuracy and its robustness.

Delivery within 5-6 weeks

The OS1 lidar is a high-performance sensor built around the new L3 chip, offering the best combination of range, field of view and resolution.

The YDLidar GS2 is both compact and lightweight, it has a field of view of 100° and a range of 30 cm. It can be integrated easily into small smart devices.

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Offering a scanning time almost four times faster than the URG-04LX telemeter, the Hokuyo UBG-04LX-F01 laser range finder remains very compact with a low power consumption.

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The SICK TiM571-2050101 Laser Range Finder offers a maximum range of 25 metres and is able to operate outdoors and in all weathers, making it an essential detection tool for all your monitoring systems and industrial applications.

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€180.00

TeraRanger Evo is a tiny, ultra-light and compact ToF distance sensor. Yet in terms of detection it packs a punch!

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