First sensor from RoboSense in Quebec!

First sensor from RoboSense in Quebec!

The laboratory received recently a RS-LIDAR-16 from RoboSense. This is the first unit delivered in Quebec and we are happy to use it for our project on 3D mapping and sensor characteristic identification.

Our preliminary work with the RS-LIDAR-16 can be found on arXiv or ResearchGate and has the following abstract:

"In a context of 3D mapping, it is very important to get accurate measurements from sensors. In particular, Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) measurements are typically treated as a zero-mean Gaussian distribution. We show that this assumption leads to predictable localisation drifts, especially when a bias related to measuring obstacles with high incidence angles is not taken into consideration. Moreover, we present a way to physically understand and model this bias, which generalises to multiple sensors. Using an experimental setup, we measured the bias of the Sick LMS151, Velodyne HDL-32E, and Robosense RS-LiDAR-16 as a function of depth and incidence angle, and showed that the bias can go up to 20 cm for high incidence angles. We then used our modelisations to remove the bias from the measurements, leading to more accurate maps and a reduced localisation drift."

(Laconte, Deschênes, Labussière, & Pomerleau, 2019)
  1. Laconte, J., Deschênes, S.-P., Labussière, M., & Pomerleau, F. (2019). Lidar Measurement Bias Estimation via Return Waveform Modelling in a Context of 3D Mapping. In preprint, submitted to ICRA 2019.