Lidar sensors on UAVs capture imagery which only a few years ago needed an aircraft carrying large heavy lidar sensors and a crew to accomplish.
Here, we look at 12 of the best lidar sensors for drones along with the best lidar drones.
We feature lidar sensors from manufacturers such as Velodyne, Routescene, Leddartech, Riegl, YellowScan, Leica and Geodetics.
The lidar drones include quadcopters, fixed wing drones, UAV helicopters from manufacturers such as DJI, Harris, Velos, Vulcan, OnyxStar and many more.
A lidar sensor mounted on a UAV, along with the lidar software can process images very quickly in the cloud, allowing for effective decisions to be made by stakeholders and relevant parties.
The output from these lidar drones and sensors is outstanding. The pace of development and improvement in the lidar sensors over the past few years has been tremendous and will continue with more entrants into this sector.
Over the coming years, we are going to see most of the lidar sensor work moving from aircraft to lidar drones.
In fact, all the manufacturers of the large lidar sensors for airplanes have developed smaller lidar sensors for drones.
We start off this post with the lidar drones being used for the various sensors, followed by how lidar sensor technology works. Then, we look at the best lidar sensors for drones. Along the way, we have some terrific lidar drone sensor videos.