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 According to Andreas, Jakarta—coastal home to 10 million people and one of the fastest-sinking cities on earth—has been modeled extensively with lidar. Charlie Schmidt, Scientific American, "New Elevation Measure Shows Climate Change Could Quickly Swamp the Mekong Delta," 28 Aug. 2019 Sony's surprise concept car, the Vision-S, is an EV equipped with 33 sensors—lidar, radar, and cameras—plus 360-degree immersive audio and a panoramic screen stretching across the front dashboard. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Sony Reveals Vision-S Concept, Stakes Claim to Be Part of the Electric-Car Future," 7 Jan. 2020 The next step may involve an aerial form of mapping known as lidar, or light detection and ranging technology. Bill Morlin, New York Times, "Gamblers, Wastrels and Lumberjacks: An Old Cemetery Gives Up Its Secret History," 14 Dec. 2019 This approach was then replaced with lidars (the optical equivalent of radars). The Economist, "Aviation If aircraft can copy the way geese fly, they will save fuel," 5 Dec. 2019 Goldman points to a 288% rise in VC money for companies involved in automotive lidar, a technology seen as crucial for launching self-driving cars. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Wall Street can forget its 2020 forecasts without a trade deal," 4 Dec. 2019 For the United States, much of Europe and Australia, this is not a problem because those areas use airborne lidar radar, which is more accurate about true elevation. Washington Post, "More of the world’s population will face flooding tied to climate change," 30 Oct. 2019 Developers in remote operation centers will also be monitoring lidar and camera feeds to keep an eye on their creations. Wired Staff, Wired, "Where the 5G Data Storm Will Hit First," 17 Dec. 2019 For the United States, much of Europe and Australia, this is not a problem because those areas use airborne lidar radar, which is more accurate about true elevation. Washington Post, "More of the world’s population will face flooding tied to climate change," 30 Oct. 2019

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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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6 Feb 2020

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“Lidar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lidar. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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