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LIDAR has never looked so good! This is the LIDAR-Lite v3HP, a compact, high-performance optical distance measurement sensor from Garmin™. The LIDAR-Lite v3HP is the ideal optical ranging solution for drone, robot, or unmanned vehicle applications. Each sensor is housed in a durable, IPX7-rated housing and includes all the core features and user configurability of the popular LIDAR-Lite v3.

The v3HP is very similar in function to that of the v3 but it can now sample faster at rates greater than 1kHz (where as the v3 is only capable of up to 500Hz). Another improvement is that this v3HP model is more power efficient with current consumption rates 40mA less than the v3 (that’s 65mA as opposed to 105mA while idle, and 85mA instead of 130mA while acquiring).

Each LIDAR-Lite v3HP has a range of 5cm to 40m and features an edge-emitting, 905nm (1.3 watts), single-stripe laser transmitter, 8m Radian beam divergence, and an optical aperture of 12.5mm. This version of the LIDAR-Lite still operates at 5VDC (6V max) with a peak power of 1.3W and still possesses an accuracy of +/- 2.5cm at >2m. On top of everything else, the LIDAR-Lite is user-configurable, allowing adjustment between accuracy, operating range and measurement time and can be interfaced via I2C or PWM with the attached 200mm cable.

Note: CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT CLASSIFIED EN/IEC 60825-1 2014. This product is in conformity with performance standards for laser products under 21 CFR 1040, except with respect to those characteristics authorized by Variance Number FDA-2016-V-2943 effective September 27, 2016.

Important: The LIDAR-Lite v3HP is NOT a drop in replacement for the LIDAR-Lite v3. The sample code specific to LIDAR-Lite v3 does not work properly with the LIDAR-Lite v3HP. Updated sample code will be showing up shortly in the Garmin Github. Until then, we recommend checking out the User Manual in the Documents tab for updated command and control registers.

Get Started with the LIDAR-Lite v3HP Guide

  • Resolution: 1 cm
  • Typical accuracy: +/- 2.5cm at distances greater than 2 meters (Refer to operating manual for complete operating specifications)
  • Range: 5cm to 40m
  • Update rate: Greater than 1kHz
  • Interface: I2C or PWM
  • Power (operating voltage): 4.75-5VDC; 6V Max
  • Current consumption: 65ma idle; 85ma during acquisition
  • Operating temperature: -20°C to 60°C
  • Laser wave length/Peak power: 905nm/1.3W
  • Beam divergence: 8m Radian
  • Optical aperture: 12.5mm
  • Water rating: IPX7
  • Unit dimensions: 24.5mm x 53.5mm x 33.5mm (1.0in x 2.1in x 1.3in)
  • Weight: 34g (1.2oz)

LIDAR-Lite v3HP Product Help and Resources

LIDAR-Lite v3 Hookup Guide

May 16, 2018

A tutorial for connecting the Garmin LIDAR-Lite v3 or the LIDAR-Lite v3HP to an Arduino to measure distance.

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Customer Comments

  • Has anyone been able to receive 1000+ samples per second with this device? Setting the configuration parameter from 0 to 5 yields similar results for me where I will receive a sample (on average) every 3000 microseconds. Setting “sigCountMax” (Maximum acquisition count) to 1 I am able to get almost 500hz which is not 1500hz. I am using an Arduino UNO at 1Mbaud and the git library for the v3HP. I also setup the external interrupt for busy status (instead of using the waitForBusy funtion) which didn’t help much.

    • SWDUDE / last month / 1

      Okay… So I was finally able to get this working using the Mode Select as an interrupt connected to pin 2 on the Arduino UNO. The ‘waitForBusy’ function will not let me receive samples nearly as fast as using the interrupt. Using the interrupt, I am now able to receive distance measurements at about 1000 Hz. 1500 Hz anyone?

    • I am considering using this sensor to measure proximity to certain clipping point for drift cars during race. Seeing that you have already worked with the sensor, would you think this is an appropriate sensor for that? (the cars may in fact produce quite a lot of tire smoke during their drive past the sensor) - and if so, would you be willing to help me out get the device to work with Arduino, in case there are issues I need to be aware of that are not already clear in publicly available sample code? Thank you for your input on this matter.

  • I believe the accuracy is supposed to read +/- 2.5cm instead of +/-2.5mm.

    • You are correct. Had it right in the Features but not the Description.

      Thanks for the catch!

  • how structurally sound is it such as mounting on a spinning platform for scanning of a room? aka 360 horizontal spin with 90deg vertical traversal?

    “how fast can i move it?”

  • “Water rating: IPX”

    What does this mean?

    • Sorry about that, it should read “IPX7” like in the description. That is the Ingress Protection code that lets you know how protected the case is against the intrusion of foreign particles. There is a link to it in the description that goes to an explanation page on Wikipedia.

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