The Latest in LiDAR Comes to CES 2023

Jan. 18, 2023
Here are six examples of how LiDAR took a step up and forward at CES 2023.

This gallery appeared in Electronic Design and has been published here with permission.

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LiDAR (light detection and ranging) is a remote-sensing technology that uses laser pulses to measure the distance to an object or surface. It’s a type of active sensing, meaning that the device emits its own energy and then records the reflections of the energy off of an object or surface.

The technology is prominent in various applications, including topographic mapping, mobile mapping, and vehicle navigation. At CES 2023, many companies showcased their latest LiDAR innovations, including those for autonomous vehicles, home automation, augmented reality, drones, and more.

The latest LiDAR technologies have advanced to the point where they can be incorporated into a wide range of products. This includes smaller, more affordable devices for consumers and larger, more expensive ones for commercial applications.

Among the applications on display at CES were LiDAR-equipped robots for construction, surveillance, and medical tasks. There also were LiDAR-enabled cameras that provide 360-degree views.

Some of those systems combined infrared and laser scanning to create an incredibly detailed three-dimensional image of an environment. This data can then be used to enable autonomous vehicles to detect obstacles, pedestrians, and other hazards on the road. In addition, these technologies could be used to create highly accurate 3D maps for use in augmented-reality applications. The possibilities are endless and could revolutionize how we interact with our environment.

In this roundup, we’ll look at some of the latest LiDAR technologies expected to debut in 2023.

About the Author

Cabe Atwell

Engineer, Machinist, Maker, Writer. A graduate Electrical Engineer actively plying his expertise in the industry and at his company, Gunhead. When not designing/building, he creates a steady torrent of projects and content in the media world. Many of his projects and articles are online at element14 & SolidSmack, industry-focused work at EETimes & EDN, and offbeat articles at Make Magazine. Currently, you can find him hosting webinars and contributing to Penton’s Electronic Design and Machine Design.

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