LiDAR mapping transforms the FX250 into an efficient LiDAR cleaning system. The patented technology uses the pulse from a laser to collect measurements which can then be used to create maps of objects and areas.
What is LiDAR mapping and how does it help the FX250 perform better?
LiDAR is an acronym for Light Detection and Ranging. The FX250 uses LiDAR for the mapping process, thereby transforming into a truly autonomous cleaning robot. Our mapping process entails gathering location information so that the locations and attributes of the space can be exhibited using 2 dimensions: latitude, longitude. Compared to traditional methods, 2D LiDAR survey data is more accurate and economical. Measurements are gathered quickly, generated into maps, and stored in the FX250 for use at any time.
How does the LiDAR mapping process work?
In order to generate a map of any given area, a LiDAR device mounted on the main robot chassis sends out and receives back small pulses of light. Using the speed of light as a known constant, the LiDAR precisely measures the facility based on the amount of time those small pulses of light take to return back to the LiDAR. Any items within the area at the time are also detected by the LiDAR, giving the map information about furniture or other structures to avoid. This process is very similar to that of a radar or sonar. Once the area is measured, the plane is sliced at the height at which the LiDAR sits on the robot, generating the most accurate 2D map possible for the given area. If you’re interested in learning more, you can contact us here.
What technology is used in the mapping process?
LiDAR is the key technology standard on any autonomously moving machine ranging from self-driving cars to autonomous floor cleaners. Our software team has developed a patented mapping module that ensures accuracy and precision in the mapping process.
After creating a map, does the robot ever need a new one?
Initially, a setup team will map all necessary spaces for the customer. Minor modifications in spaces are accommodated without remapping. The robot will store the map forever. However, if major changes occur, the customer can re-map the space with remote Discovery Robotics on-line assistance.