by Mat Dirjish
LiDAR-sensor company LightWare claims its SF45 is the world’s smallest scanning microlidar module. The module weighs a mere 59g but reportedly delivers the performance of much larger sensors.
Philip Constantine, CEO of LightWare LiDAR LLC reports, “The SF45 democratizes machine perception, bringing vision, safety and practicality to even the smallest unmanned systems. Machines don’t have 3D perception, so they can’t make sense of unexpected obstacles. Our mission is to save the world’s machines one microLiDAR at a time.”
In addition to machines, the module provides accurate position, distance, and proximity sensing in drones and other unmanned vehicles. It can detect obstacles in bright sunlight at 50m to give a clear understanding of the machine’s environment to either the onboard autopilot or a remote operator.
The microLiDAR family is compatible with standard autopilots (Ardupilot/PX4) and API’s are available for custom controllers like RaspberryPi and Arduino. For more details and specs, peruse the SF45 overview.