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 Here are some of the most innovative lidar products and ideas. Washington Post, "Lidar tech on the rise at CES to power future smart cities, autonomous cars," 16 Jan. 2021 The problems Intel does have can’t be solved by putting lidar on a chip. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Mobileye Puts Lidar on a Chip—and Helps Map Intel's Future," 11 Jan. 2021 Luminar has emerged as one of the leading companies in the fast-growing lidar industry. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Lidar startup goes public, makes founder a billionaire," 4 Dec. 2020 Another lidar maker, Innoviz, is reportedly considering a SPAC merger. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Lidar startup goes public, makes founder a billionaire," 4 Dec. 2020 But to install the lidar on the Nova, Andrew needed to shorten its cable. Elliott Ackerman, Wired, "A Navy SEAL, a Quadcopter, and a Quest to Save Lives in Combat," 30 Oct. 2020 The lidar sensor, telephoto lens, and nicer materials just aren't enough to justify the higher price. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iPhone 12 and 12 Pro double review: Playing Apple’s greatest hits," 29 Oct. 2020 The digital car was upgraded with front-facing lidar and electronic cameras instead of side mirrors, among other things. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "1977 Porsche 930 Turbo Is Virtually the Only Real Car in 'Cyberpunk 2077'," 18 Oct. 2020 Luminar's lidar also offers a wider field of view than Ouster's. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Lidar used to cost $75,000—here’s how Apple brought it to the iPhone," 15 Oct. 2020

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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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29 Jan 2021

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“Lidar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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