Light detection and ranging, also known as LIDAR or laser scanning, is a remote sensing technique that measures the range of objects by illuminating them with light. The distance to the object is then measured based on how long it takes for the light to return to a sensor. LIDAR technology was originally developed for use in self-driving cars and autonomous navigation. It has since been adopted by many industries and geoscience practices as an effective way to capture digital representations of physical spaces. LIDAR is a remote sensing technology that measures distance using lasers, a camera, and an onboard computer. LIDAR technology has many applications, such as detecting objects in fog or gas, measuring vegetation growth, detecting land mines, monitoring road surfaces for cracks or creating as-built drawings, construction progress mapping, and mapping landscapes for 3D virtual reality viewing.