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NEW GUIDE: Using the Slamtec RPLIDAR on a Raspberry Pi #Python #LIDAR #RaspberryPi #AdafruitLearningSystem @Adafruit @DAstels @Raspberry_Pi @SlamTec_China

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A new guide in the Adafruit Learning System: Using the Slamtec RPLIDAR on a Raspberry Pi

LIDAR is one of the fundamental sensing technologies of autonomous vehicles. It gives a system the ability to see how far away things are 360 degrees around it.

We used the Garmin LIDAR range finder in another guide. It works by sending out a pulse of modulated laser light which bounces off whatever it’s aimed at and is read by an optical receiver. The time that takes is a measure of distance to the surface it bounced off of. While being very cool and very effective technology, it just looks in one direction. You could mount it on a stepper motor and repeatedly rotate and take a reading. Or you could use a 360 degree LIDAR system like the RPLIDAR from Slamtec.

The guide has example code in Python 3 for Raspberry Pi. It includes a driver for the sensor written for Adafruit so you can get going quickly.

See the new guide now.


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