They’re similar in some respects but they have some crucial differences! We believe radar technology is superior! While Lidar technology can continue to function in conditions of heavy rain snow or fog its performance will be significantly degraded — but radar will continue to function just as well as if it were a clear sunny day! This makes radar technology ideal for real-world applications where drones automobiles and industrial equipment typically has to operate in conditions of rain ocean spray fog dust and more. Standard Lidar technology is also not suited for applications where water is present as water absorbs the Lidar signal. Radar technology on the other hand is very well-suited for applications where large bodies of water are present — such as over oceans or large lakes — and its performance will not suffer. Similarly radar can detect a glass wall or door while radar will “see” through them. This makes radar a perfect sensor for robotics operating at sports stadium. Finally standard Lidar technology’s performance will degrade in the presence of bushes or heavy vegetation. This means Lidar technology isn’t well suited for use in applications such as forest management precision agriculture or wildlands search and rescue. Radar technology on the other hand suffers none of these weaknesses and will continue to function at peak performance in such conditions.
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