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Life of LIDAR

Pioneered by A&D, LIDAR measures the distance to an object by illuminating it with a laser light.

1971

Apollo 15 uses the first LIDAR to take thousands of measurements of the moon’s surface.

1995

The first commercial application of LIDAR maps coastal vegetation growth on Assateague Island.

2005

The first automotive application is mounted to a car roof during the 2005 Grand DARPA Challenge.

The Future

LIDAR will evolve to deliver highly detailed 3D real-time data in fully autonomous vehicles.