As self-driving technology continues to improve and become ready for mass adoption, an important component to understanding how a car can drive itself is lidar, or light detection and ranging. Simon Verghese, the head of lidar at Waymo, explains how it works.

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What Is Lidar and How Does It Help Self-Driving Cars Make Decisions On The Road? | Defined | Forbes