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How Is Navigation Data Used for Video Game Development?

The possible applications for 3D pointclouds are almost endless. When you think of LiDAR, the mind naturally wanders to autonomous vehicle navigation or geospatial survey type applications. In fact, navigation and Lidar data are useful for all manner of applications. But, how is navigation data used for video game development? When a new technology, such as LiDAR, is first brought to market, a number of factors affect the price. Initially, the cost-per-unit is likely to be high to account for the recovery of research and development costs. However, as technology ages and manufacturers innovate and bring out new versions, price invariably comes down over time. As this process occurs, it puts the technology into the hands of a much wider audience. As a result, the number of new and innovative use cases also increases. To create a 3D pointcloud, users must combine the position, navigation and timing measurements from an Inertial Navigation System (INS) with raw Lidar data. Without accurate INS data it is impossible to create a pointcloud. This is because the LiDAR sensor needs to know where it is, when in time it is and its orientation.

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