System and method for improving LIDAR data fidelityusing pixel-aligned LIDAR/electo-optic data
U.S. Patent 7,800,736
A lidar and digital camera system collect data and generate a three-dimensional image. A lidar generates a laser beam to form a lidar shot and to receive a reflected laser beam to provide range data. A digital camera includes an array of pixels to receive optical radiation and provide electro-optical data. An optical bench passes the laser beam, reflected laser beam, and optical radiation and is positioned to align each pixel to known positions within the lidar shot. Pixels are matched to form a lidar point-cloud which is used to generate an image.
R. T. Pack and S. E. Budge, “System and method for improving LIDAR data fidelity using pixel-aligned LIDAR/electo-optic data,” U.S. Patent 7,800,736, Sep. 21, 2010.