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The device interfaces through a serial connection and comes with a USB to serial adaptor, not unlike an FTDI adapter (but not the same pinout as one).

The bundled USB adaptor is functionally similar to an FTDI adapter, but does not have the same connections.

As mentioned, the RPLIDAR interfaces using serial. Rx and Tx for data, and a digital input to turn the motor on and off. You can use these directly, or with the included USB to serial adapter.

Get started by installing the module on the Raspberry Pi using pip:

pip install adafruit-circuitpython-rplidar

For now this supports CPython (well tested on the Raspberry Pi). Support for CircuitPython on M4 boards will be forthcoming.

This guide was first published on Mar 19, 2019. It was last updated on Dec 08, 2023.

This page (Using the Slamtec RPLIDAR) was last updated on Feb 24, 2019.

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