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The UTM-30LX is a scanning laser range finder with an extended sensing range out to 30 meters. Interface to the sensor is through USB 2.0 with an additional synchronous data line to indicate a full sweep. Scanning rate is 25 milliseconds across a 270° range. A 12 V power source is required.

Hokuyo UTM-30LX is the industry standard for long range 2-d laser range finders. Phenomenal build quality and performance.

This type of sensor has been successfully used on many autonomous ground vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles, SLAM self-mapping applications, etc.

MIT students have used this type of sensor to build self-navigating autonomous quadcopters: http://projects.csail.mit.edu/video/research/robo/ICRA_2010.mov

 You can see the type of data it outputs here.

Detailed specifications, sample code and firmware updates are available from the manufacturer.

ROS drivers are available.

Data interface is via USB.


Hokuyo UTM-30LX Usage

Hokuyou UTM-30LX a scanning laserrange finder from Hokuyo is used for modbile robot obstacle detection by scanning the area till the range of 30 meters.  It has a 270 degrees of scanning range and is suitable for fast moving robots.  This laser scanner can be used for outdoor environments.

Here you can find extensive details about the API and command line tools and commands to interface and communicate with UTM-30LX.

National Instruments have provided a plug and play driver which can be downloaded from here.

Researchers working with VTK (visualization toolkit) can directly acquire data in VTK format a wraper for Hokuyo interface can be downloaded from here.

Hokuyo has lanched a newer version of this laser scanner.  Following are the main differences:

  • Price (UTM-30LX-EW is for USD $6382.50 and UTM-30LX is for USD $5667.20).  The price may slightly vary due to exchange rates.
  • Eternet (Hokuyo UTM-30LX-EW) instead USB (Hokuyo UTM-30LX)
  • Multi-echo functionality which works great for outdoor atmopshers

There are many vendors which offer this device we offer the lowes price.  We also have a price match policy if you find a price lower than ours.  Let us know and we can instantly send you a quote.  We also have quanity discounts so call us or e-mail us and let us know about your requirements.