Emesent Hovermap

Autonomous and versatile, the SLAM-based mapper making data capture fast and simple

Hovermap is a smart mobile scanning unit that can be mounted to a drone to provide autonomous mapping in challenging, inaccessible areas. Equally capable above ground or underground, indoors or out, Hovermap is your complete mobile LiDAR mapping solution. By pairing it with the DJI M300, you’ll be on your way to capturing LiDAR data like never before.


Collision Avoidance

  • Hovermap acts as a virtual safety bubble around the drone to prevent collisions. LiDAR data is processed onboard in real-time to produce a local 3D map of the surroundings.
  • Obstacles such as telecom towers, fences, trees, poles, wires, and people can all be detected and avoided.

GPs-denied Flight

  • Drones usually rely on GPS for localization, navigation, and flight control. Hovermap uses LiDAR data and advanced algorithms onboard in real-time to provide reliable and accurate localization and navigation without the need for GPS.
  • This allows drones to fly autonomously in GPS-denied environments, enabling a host of new applications such as flying and mapping in underground mines, inside warehouses, or inspecting underneath bridges.

SLAM Based 3D Mapping

  • Hovermap uses Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) algorithms enabling mobile mapping and autonomous drone flight even when GPS is unavailable. Using Emesent's proprietary calibration and drone autonomy algorithms, it is built on CSIRO's Wildcat SLAM Solution.

Unique Design

  • Hovermap has been designed to allow users to switch easily from a drone to a walking scan, enabling the collection of critical data in challenging areas.


Hovermap is lightweight, and yet robust enough to withstand the demands of environments such as underground mines. Made from a machined aircraft-grade aluminum frame combined with carbon fiber composite paneling, the Hovermap payload is light yet strong enough to support its rotating LiDAR while remaining stable in flight. Switching between drone and walking scans can be done with the click of a button using Hovermap's quick-release mechanism.

  • Quick Release Mechanism – for easy drone-to-handheld scanning transition
  • Light Weight Design – 1.8kg allows use on smaller drones
  • Rotating LiDAR – provides 360 x 360 degree field of view for mapping and collision avoidance


Mapping Mode | Autonomy Level 0

  • Provides SLAM-based mobile mapping
  • Carry Hovermap or mount it to a drone or vehicle
  • Use with our backpack, cage, or vehicle mount accessories

Pilot Assist Mode | Autonomy Level 1

  • LiDAR-based omnidirectional collision avoidance
  • GPS-denied position hold and velocity control
  • Enables safe line-of-sight flight indoors, underground, or close to structures
  • Includes all ALO features

Autonomy Waypoints | Autonomy Level 2

  • Enables beyond line-of-sight autonomous flight in GPS-denied environments
  • Live 3D map streamed to tablet
  • Tap-to-fly: set smart waypoints using the live map
  • Includes all AL1 features


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