Rangefinding dates back to the early times of laser technologies but nowadays, in the years of autonomous-vehicle technology, rangefinder sensors, also called laser ranging or lidar, are being revamped with the significant new advances.

This second edition of the book offers comprehensive coverage of principles, technology and applications, like its predecessor. About half of the 19 chapters have been amply expanded and improved to cover recent developments like lidars based on single-photon avalanche detectors (SPADs), integrated mobile mapping, 3-D measurements on buildings, developments of lidar data processing techniques, and remote sensing of forest inventory, just to quote a few examples.

Well organized and clearly presented, the book can be a valuable textbook for students and a key reference for researchers and practitioners in the field of lidar technology.

Review by Silvano Donati, University of Pavia, Italy

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