lidar

noun
li·​dar | \ ˈlī-ˌdär How to pronounce lidar (audio) \

Definition of lidar

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

Examples of lidar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lidar then creates a map of the surrounding terrain. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Apr. 2022 One, developed at Utah’s Brigham Young University, is a lidar rather than radar system that has less range but is cheaper and more portable. Andrew Chapman, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Apr. 2022 And this is the corresponding lidar frame for the same scene. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 15 Apr. 2022 The result is claimed to be a very robust and low-cost solution for automotive lidar. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 The device will reportedly display 8K images to each eye and numerous cameras for tracking hand movement, providing a live video feed inside the headset and more—plus lidar for depth information. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 20 Dec. 2021 The solution fuses lidar, video and AI (Artificial Intelligence) in one edge device. Sabbir Rangwala, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 The lidar sensor will be Luminar’s Iris model, which is going into mass production this year. Tim De Chant, Ars Technica, 6 Jan. 2022 The lidar scans revealed about 12 structures all within about 60 feet of the main ceremonial part of Chachabamba. NBC News, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

17 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Lidar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lidar. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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