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LiDAR Basics

Ever wondered how a LiDAR sensor works? Or how LiDAR sensors are used in the world around you? Did you know that the word LiDAR is actually an acronym? Learn about this and so much more in LiDAR Basics.

Customer Stories

Kroy Railway Group: Pushing the limits of railway monitoring, tracking and safety
"We started looking at a broad range of different sensors including RADAR, LiDAR, and even cameras. Initially we used cameras for image detection on the tracks but in the end, we found that there was nothing that was quite as accurate as a LiDAR". - Barry Carta, Co-founder, Kroy Railway Group
True Autonomy: Autonomous concrete floor polishing & the LightWare SF40/C
“We evaluated a variety of sensors. We did a study on sonar sensors and why they don't work very well. We did it for LiDAR and we also did it for depth cameras. But you guys came up on top meeting all the requirements that we had” - Michael Lawrence, CEO, True Autonomy
Flying for WildLife: LIDAR pushing the limits of altimetry and event logging
“We were completely blown away by both the SF30/D and the tablet app that was built for us in such a short period of time to really help us do what we do” - Richard Tennent, Pilot and conservationist, Flying for WildLife.
SPH Engineering Pushing the limits of altimetry and terrain following
“There aren’t many options when it comes to small, lightweight LiDARs that work well over surfaces like water” - Alexey Dobrovolskiy, CTO SPH Engineering
University of Würzburg WüSpace Project Daedalus2
“We needed the best, smallest and most compact LiDAR out there” - Clemens Riegler, ChairmanWüSpace e.V. 
Skyfish: Develop Smarter Drones
“The LiDAR is fantastic. The form factor is great, it's super light, super small, easy to mount doesn't take up a lot of real estate. The level of customer service that we've been receiving, that's more important than anything.” - Dan Reed, Operations Manager, Skyfish 
Black Swift Technologies: Volcano, hurricane, glacier and wildfire monitoring
“The thing that we found most attractive about your LiDAR when we started using it was just their size and capabilities on our aircraft. I mean the LW20 is just 10 grams.” - Jack Elston, CEO, Black Swift Technologies LLC
University of New Brunswick
"When you relying heavily on a piece of equipment, especially electronics, it's really great to have a consistent person you can ask questions, who understands your project and is there to support you - and with whom you can build rapport." - Gina Lonati, PhD Student, University of New Brunswick
The Eye Above: NPO Conservation in South Africa
“There are many cheaper and/or heavier LiDARs, the magic was to find a high performance LIDAR at a good price for the size/weight requirements that actually works for our airframe. Lightware LiDAR was the only company that ticked all these boxes.” - Robert Miller, Founder, The Eye Above
ArduPilot
“LightWare LiDAR’s - they're just really good LIDARs. And that's really nice for us as when a customer buys them, they work. The hardware quality is good. Then on the Ardupilot software side, we get less support calls and that makes our lives easier.” - Randy Mackay, UAV Software Developer, ArduPilot
Leo Technologies
“LightWare LiDAR are kind of our de facto standard now, for us, because they are reliable, they work!” - Curtis Leo, CTO, Leo Technologies
Parkki & Smart Parking Solutions
“We had almost immediate good results with our SF30/C from LightWare LiDAR. Even the results from our first proof of concept were impressive, from the first prototype which was small. Provided great scanning distance and was really efficient.” - Antoine Guillon, Chief Operations Officer, Parkki.
AVY
"We are very happy so far with the performance, value-for-money proposition and overall weight!" - Manon Taylor, Communications Manager, AVY.
Kroy Railway Group: Pushing the limits of railway monitoring, tracking and safety
"We started looking at a broad range of different sensors including RADAR, LiDAR, and even cameras. Initially we used cameras for image detection on the tracks but in the end, we found that there was nothing that was quite as accurate as a LiDAR". - Barry Carta, Co-founder, Kroy Railway Group
True Autonomy: Autonomous concrete floor polishing & the LightWare SF40/C
“We evaluated a variety of sensors. We did a study on sonar sensors and why they don't work very well. We did it for LiDAR and we also did it for depth cameras. But you guys came up on top meeting all the requirements that we had” - Michael Lawrence, CEO, True Autonomy
Flying for WildLife: LIDAR pushing the limits of altimetry and event logging
“We were completely blown away by both the SF30/D and the tablet app that was built for us in such a short period of time to really help us do what we do” - Richard Tennent, Pilot and conservationist, Flying for WildLife.
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In less than three months, a team of engineers designed and built the unmanned cargo air vehicle (CAV) prototype. The innovative vehicle will be used to test and evolve Boeing’s autonomous technology for future aerospace vehicles. Boeing using the SF11/C long-range (100 meter) and lightweight LiDAR

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We are delighted to announce that Sanari Capital, investment partners to LightWare LiDAR, has won special recognition at this year’s Private Equity Africa (PEA) Awards for its investment in LightWare LiDAR. Sanari took the award for Best Technology Deal in the African market.
This USA-based company specializes in the design and manufacture of LiDAR sensors for autonomous vehicles and machines. The award-winning SF45 scanning microLiDAR™ weighs just 59g but delivers the performance of much lar...

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