This is the second article this week where LiDAR is being used in the navigation mode. In this case it is with autonomous airport buggies. Since the area where these buggies operate is known, by first using LiDAR to map the existing conditions the real time navigation can focus on looking for differences in the “terrain”, so to speak as the buggies traverse the airport. This greatly simplifies the problem.
The researchers, who call the technology 3D LIMS (3D LIDAR Imaging and Measurement System), foresee a broad range of applications for it, from navigating autonomous vehicles around airports to monitoring industrial equipment and enhancing security surveillance.
Sounding more and more like the ramp up in use of GPS to me.