The RPLIDAR A3 is the next generation 360 degree 2D laser scanner (LIDAR) solution developed by SLAMTEC. It can take up to 16000 samples of laser ranging per second thanks to its high rotation speed. The on-board system can perform 2D 360° scans within a range of 25 meters (and to 20 meters in outdoor mode).
The core of RPLIDAR A3 runs clockwise to perform a 360 degree omnidirectional laser range scanning for its surrounding environment and then generate an outline map for the environment.
The RPLIDAR A3M1 consists of a range scanner core and mechanical powering parts which makes the core rotate at a high speed. When it functions normally, the scanner will rotate and scan clockwise allowing you to be able to get the range scan data via the communication interface of the RPLIDAR and control the start, stop and rotating speed of the rotation motor via PWM. The typical scanning frequency of the RPLIDAR A3 360° Laser Scanner is 10hz (600rpm) with an actual scanning frequency that can be freely adjusted within the 5-20Hz range.
The RPLIDAR A3 adopts a laser triangulation measurement system developed by SLAMTEC, which makes the RPLIDAR have excellent performance in multiple indoor and outdoor environments. With the low noise brushless motor and OPTMAG technology, the RPLIDAR has a ultra-long life.
SLAMTEC provides debug GUI tool and SDK (available for Windows, x86 Linux and Arm Linux) to speed up the product development.
More information is available on the websites of Seeed Studio and Slamtec.