I had an interesting conversation today with a person that works for a department of transportation in the US. They did an extensive comparison of static, mobile and airborne LiDAR against traditional survey. I am hoping to get the link to the study.
They had some issues with the mobile scanning technology, but have recently committed to doing 6 projects with airborne LiDAR. I asked if this was because of the bad experience with mobile. The answer was no. The reason was the swath width. Mobile could not be used due to wide medians and very steep side slopes – good points, and ones that will be very hard to overcome.