Historically, many logistics tasks have been handled manually or using traditional automation methods that depend on a massive, rigid infrastructure. However, the explosive growth of e-commerce means that more versatile technologies and truly autonomous robots are now a necessity to ensure safety, efficiency and flexibility throughout the entire supply chain.
What is powering this automation? The answer is LiDAR, which stands for light, detection and ranging. LiDAR is a time-of-flight technology that provides advanced detection and measurement capabilities to automate mobile equipment, from heavy cranes to fully autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). According to ABI Research, by 2025 over four million robots will be installed in over 50,000 warehouses, and each one of these robots needs at least one LiDAR sensor for situational awareness, obstacle avoidance and navigation.
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