Weighing just 59g, the SF45 scanning microLiDAR is offered as ideal for obstacle detection by small autonomous vehicles such as drones and robots.
"The SF45 democratizes machine perception, bringing vision, safety and practicality to even the smallest unmanned systems," says Philip Constantine, CEO of LightWare LiDAR LLC. "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!"
The SF45 is offered as providing accurate position, distance, and proximity sensing to drones and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). Able to detect obstacles in bright sunlight at 50m, the SF45 delivers a clear understanding of the machine's environment to either the onboard autopilot or a remote operator.
To complement the SF45, the company manufactures a family of microLiDAR sensors such as the tiny SF000/B (only 8g). Data from these sensors allow drones a safe take-off and precision landing, to hold position near an object being inspected or closely follow terrain without flying into trees.
The microLiDAR family is compatible with standard autopilots (Ardupilot/PX4) and APIs are provided for custom controllers, such as the Raspberry Pi and Arduino.
"A key advantage of our microLiDAR sensors is that they are not cameras, and do not invade the privacy of the public," says Constantine. "This is becoming more important as autonomous vehicles and other machines begin to work alongside people in their daily lives."
The SF45 scanning microLiDAR is available for $449.00.