[ros-users] [Discourse.ros.org] [Computer Vision / Perception] Accuracy of SLAM in outdoor environments using 2D versus 3D Lidar?

Charlie Andersen ros.discourse at gmail.com
Thu Jun 8 13:26:21 UTC 2017

Hello, I am working on a startup, and we are thinking through LIDAR sensors we might use.  Our platform will be used outdoors, especially in settings like orchards and berries on farms, where you have a lot of leaves, trunks, etc.

A function of our platform will be the ability to use SLAM to build a map, which the platform can then retrace back through to a set point.  We've been debating what sensors we could use to do this, and are considering both 2D and 3D lidars.  For 2D lidars, we are experimenting with the Sweep 360, and the SICK TIM 561.  For 3D lidars, we have been trying to get some early low cost units from Quanergy, which has a 120 degree horizontal/10 degree vertical FOV Lidar.

Can anyone comment on the accuracy of SLAM in this type of environment using 3D Lidars versus a 2D lidar (likely mounted about 18 inches from the ground)?  In the real world, does the added data generated by 3D Lidars tend to make SLAM mapping more accurate, or no?

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