A new Multi-vendor 3D LiDAR Simulator

From airports to mobile robots, smart cities, and industrial applications, Outsight has a LiDAR simulator several use cases and applications.

James Davis

The new 3D LiDAR Simulation tool created by Outsight is the only LiDAR simulator available on the market that doesn't require any programming and functions with any kind of LiDAR.

Its beta version received valuable input from more than 300 early users from a variety of fields, applications, and locations, which made it feasible.

For instance, the simulation of traffic flow could include pedestrians, cars, and buses being scanned by a single LiDAR. To estimate coverage in various scenarios, the LiDAR may be moved and aimed in various directions.

Why use a 3D LiDAR Simulator

Because of Outsight's expertise creating LiDAR Software Solutions for a variety of applications, they are aware of the concerns customers have regarding the best sensor to use and how to utilize it.

This familiarity has allowed them to design solutions that are both simple and scalable.

To construct the most effective and cost-effective solutions, it is frequently necessary to decide which and how many LiDARs to utilize as well as to assess the optimal sites (height, position, orientation) for the sensors.

Several customers have already benefited from the 3D LiDAR Simulator's ability to forecast performance based on each setup and use case by making the best decisions and configuring their LiDAR project.

Outsight Cloud

No software has to be installed on the client's PC, just a connection to Outsight Cloud in order to use the simulator.

After the access is ready, simulations may be used to investigate the ideal LiDAR configuration and assess the performance of the coverage.

Also, users can upload data recordings (.pcap files), share files, and obtain LiDAR maps (.ply files).

How the Simulator works

Once the client's has decided to start a new simulation, they will need to:

1. Create a scenario that matches their use-case

The built-in tools for editing 3D forms may be used to construct a user's own 3D scene to serve as a background.

Image credit: Outsight 3D building that respects a 2D reference map area

2. Insert 3D objects

There is a wide variety of 3D objects available in the simulator, including people, trees, and different types of vehicles and two-wheelers.

For instance, it is simple to add bikers, bicycles, and scooters to other vehicles in response to the rising demand for Vulnerable Road User initiatives (VRU).

3. Pick the right LiDARs for their application

The user may select the suitable model, or a combination of models, from a number of manufacturers (360° FoV, Narrow Field of View, Dome), by navigating through an extensive list of compatible LiDARs.

Frequently, combining sensors from several manufacturers is the best option. In other circumstances, many LiDAR systems function roughly the same, allowing the client to select the one they like most.

Most LiDAR manufacturers and models, including those from Hesai, Livox, Velodyne, Ouster, Robosense, Blickfeld, Innovusion, and Innoviz, are compatible with the Simulator.

4. Find the optimal LiDAR coverage

By experimenting with different options and coverage levels, one may determine the ideal trade-off between performance, hardware expense, and complexity.

5. Focus on Zones of Interest

The client will feel comfortable using the Simulator's user interface if they are familiar with the family of Augmented LiDAR Software products.

The best example is that the client will be able to create Zones of Interest in the Simulator just as they can in the Software, making it possible to anticipate the coverage performance only in specific areas.

There are a variety of fascinating applications for this, including crowd monitoring in sensitive places and crossing surveillance prediction.

6. Check the detailed Simulation Analysis

The Simulator's computation of coverage quality produces precise results in an easy-to-understand indicator.


Seamless import of 3D models:

Several background photos and external 3D objects may be included into a simulation using an elegant preview selection.


3D shapes and zones editor:

Designing, modifying, and customizing high quality 3D zones and shapes has never been easier.

Optimize workload

Milti-item management:

The user may simultaneously move, alter, and modify the properties of several objects, forms, and LiDARs, which helps to speed up processes when many LiDARs are involved. This functionality was added in response to user input.


Multiple LiDARs or large premises:

Without the right equipment, it might be challenging to choose the best arrangement of LiDAR models and their locations.

The software and simulator solutions from Outsight help our clients to maximize the value and cost of the solution.