li·​dar | \ˈlī-ˌdär \

Definition of lidar 

: a device that is similar in operation to radar but emits pulsed laser light instead of microwaves

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Until recently, the only company that made reliable lidar was Velodyne. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Volvo’s self-driving cars are getting new laser sensors to see the world," 14 June 2018 First, it's geofenced and will only work on the 130,000+ miles of highways in the US and Canada that GM has lidar mapped. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "GM rolling out its amazing Super Cruise tech to more cars and brands," 6 June 2018 The planes that shot lidar pulses at pieces of the Guatemalan jungle did so in a matter of days, Garrison said. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "Maya civilization was much vaster than known, thousands of newly discovered structures reveal," 3 Feb. 2018 But the companies had a falling-out, amid a bitter trade-secrets battle that went to trial this year, after Waymo, which spun out of Google in 2016, accused Uber of stealing trade secrets about its lidar, a laser technology akin to radar. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Waymo starts to eclipse Uber in race to self-driving taxis," 30 Mar. 2018 Harris County flood maps have been created with lidar since 2007. Mark Collette, Houston Chronicle, "Hurricane ready? Houston, 21 states, can buy cheap flood insurance in minutes, company claims," 12 June 2018 Musk also reaffirmed his distaste for lidar, the laser shooting sensor most autonomous vehicle developers say is key to building a safe, capable car. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Elon Musk Calms Down, and More News From Tesla's Big Shareholder Meeting," 5 June 2018 One of the big obstacles to fully self-driving passenger cars is the need for lidar with enough range—around 200 meters—to drive at highway speeds up to 70 miles per hour. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Self-driving technology is going to change a lot more than cars," 29 May 2018 Her team's $600,000 project to conduct a lidar survey of Chacoan lands in southeastern Utah failed to find funding. April Reese, Science | AAAS, "Drilling boom threatens web of ancient roads in Southwest," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of lidar

1963, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lidar

light + radar

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