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How to understand lidar performance Part 2: Range, precision, and accuracy


Lidar sensor range can be measured in many different ways, making comparisons hard. What are the key variables in range calculations? Why do some sensors see much farther than others? How are range and precision related? What is the difference between range and accuracy?

Join us as we take a look at how range performance is calculated and how it differs across different types of lidar sensors.

In this series installment we will walk through how range and precision are measured for our lidar sensors and explain how they are affected by different architecture choices, lighting conditions, and target types. We'll dig into the physics of what causes these impacts and how you can understand range and precision for all lidar sensors. We’ll demystify some of the ways range can be exaggerated (or understated) to help you understand the performance of any lidar sensor from its datasheet.