Five alternative LiDAR application areas! 

LiDAR is indispensable for automated driving - but where else can the technology be used? 

LiDAR is already used in smartphones and automated vehicles. But the LiDAR technology is not only limited to these industries. Indeed, the possible use cases are numerous and diversified through various areas. What the Maya have to do with it - find out in this post.Falls Sie vorab nochmal einen Überblick über die LiDAR-Technologie bekommen wollen, können Sie sich hier darüber informieren. 

LiDAR can also be used in agriculture© Image by Ulrike Leone at Pixabay  

LiDAR in agriculture

It makes sense that LiDAR technology can be used on farms, but it is not limited to automated commercial vehicles. Even if the use in the navigation of, for example, combine harvesters and seed drills increases efficiency, some approaches suggest using LiDAR to analyze the environment and soil conditions. With more precise measurements of the LiDAR sensors, the type and existence of the soil can be determined accurately; cultivation methods can be improved, and the use of a certain fertilizer can be identified. In general, soil erosion could also be prevented, management optimized, and yield increased. 

LiDArchitecture and design

Laser technology can also be used in building construction and design. For example, the facades of buildings can be mapped down to the smallest detail. Even on floors, it is possible to walk through the rooms, corridors, and halls, by completely scanning them. The point cloud data resulting from the cartography can also be used for model construction. These methods can also be combined with 3D printers and deliver clear designs that you can touch. 

LiDAR sensors have also already arrived in architecture.© Image by Free-Photos at Pixabay  

Below ground with LiDAR

The last accident in German mining occurred in a Thuringia in 2014. However, the mining industry is not yet completely safe. The list of worldwide incidents is long - the most recent one occurred at the Chinese mine in Hushan earlier this year. Here too, LiDAR technology can provide a remedy in the future. In this way too, unsafe areas can be identified and avoided or repaired in this area by analyzing the nature of the soil. But not only the safety, also the effectiveness of mining can be increased by the sensors. 

The Maya and sensors

Yes, the Maya were well developed, but no, they didn't have LiDAR sensors yet. Nevertheless, the technology is interesting for researching places of worship and historical sites. In the 2010s, for example, archaeologists found a Maya city believed to be lost. The metropolitan region only became visible in the jungle through the use of LiDAR. The technology is also used for mapping in monuments such as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris or the Florentine Salone dei Cinquecento. To discover the Maya site, but also the Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, LiDAR sensors were attached to aircraft and flown over the area to be examined. In this way, things can be made visible that cannot be seen with the naked eye. 

The Mayan site of Tikal was discovered through LiDAR technology.© Image by Lukáš Jančička At Pixabay 

Towards the Smart City with LiDAR

LiDAR can also drive the future of urban development. In addition to the technology in automated vehicles such as buses or cars, LiDAR sensors can also be installed at traffic intersections in order to better monitor traffic flows and reduce traffic jams. In addition, accidents could be reported in this way, which enables the police and rescue services to be deployed more quickly.

LiDAR is already being tested in local public transport. For example, we are testing the use of our NEXT sensors in an S-Bahn together with Deutsche Bahn in a cooperation project in Hamburg. (More on this here) Also due to the many other possible applications - LiDAR is a big step in the direction of the Smart City. 

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