From shipyards to sidewalks, rising demand for consumer goods has compelled logistics operators to rethink the way products travel across the world and to customers' doorsteps.
Increasingly, they're automating those movements from point A to point B. Those automated systems are relying upon lidar, the laser sensors that can help robots determine their exact position in the world and detect obstacles in their paths.
Lidar is perhaps best known for its use in self-driving taxis, but the uses for lidar are branching beyond passenger vehicles into just about anything that moves. Lidar sensors are now used in warehouses, for shipping and last-mile delivery, and at ports and elsewhere.