LIDAR stands for LIght Detection And Ranging.
LIDAR has the distinct advantage of being able to pick out one vehicle in a cluttered stream of traffic; your vehicle cannot be mistaken for another vehicle unlike radar, which has a broader pulse. It can also be used over a large distance, which makes it even more difficult to spot. License plates are typically the strongest LIDAR target, as they are covered in a retroreflective material that returns light back its source with a bare minimum of scattering.
The LIDAR system can determine your speed very quickly, about 1,000 times per second!
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