This is one of the most impressive demonstrations of the capability of the use of laser scanning, LiDAR and SLAM – simultaneous location and mapping. The video was actually done in 2010. Can there be any doubt that these will become regularly used in commercial applications over the next few years?
This helicopter was developed at CSAIL at MIT, under Nick Roy. This vehicle has fully autonomous capabilities in GPS-denied environments.
If they can achieve the desired accuracy, it is going to be difficult for other indoor mapping solutions to compete with this platform.