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

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Had lidar been around then, that work would likely have been much quicker. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, "The Lost World of the Maya is Finally Emerging From the Jungle," 7 Feb. 2019 At the point where a crash becomes unavoidable, the lidar sensors' short response latencies and fast refresh rates allow the system to quickly detect and track whatever fast-moving object is about to hit the car. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Your Next Car Could Have Airbags That Inflate on the Outside," 15 Feb. 2019 In August 2017, Uber agreed to redesign its Fuji lidar not to infringe the 936 patent. Mark Harris, Ars Technica, "Vigilante engineer stops Waymo from patenting key lidar technology," 1 Oct. 2018 But what if terrain could be mapped by lidar and heat by IR camera and all of it paired to high-resolution maps, then stitched together into a seamless virtual environment that pilots could remotely navigate using a VR headset? Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Tank That's Tougher Than Wildfire," 13 Nov. 2018 Instead, its trucks carry a suite of lidar, radar, and camera sensors, feeding information about the environment to Nvidia’s AI supercomputer. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Sweden's Electric Robo-Truck Is Made for Life in the Forest," 12 July 2018 Even tiny changes in an incoming object's direction during these final milliseconds could drastically change how the airbags should engage, so lidar must be fast and accurate. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Your Next Car Could Have Airbags That Inflate on the Outside," 15 Feb. 2019 Nobody can own engineering concepts, engineering talent that every lidar brings to bear. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Waymo: “We’re bringing this case because Uber is cheating”," 5 Feb. 2018 Finally, engineers process lidar data into three-dimensional renderings of the road with the centimeter-level accuracy needed for a car to confidently drive itself. Bradley Berman, Popular Mechanics, "Whoever Owns the Maps Owns the Future of Self-Driving Cars," 1 July 2016

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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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