Application Information

Application Information

While the REV 2m Distance Sensor produces a significantly more accurate and reliable measurement than other types of ranging sensors, the following tips will help minimize errors.

A major benefit to time-of-flight measurements is that the target’s surface reflectance does not significantly impact the calculated distance. However, the smallest errors and farthest measurements are achieved with more reflective targets. Similarly, larger targets are easier to detect because they fill more of the sensors 25° field of view.

Ambient infrared (IR) interference can also affect the measurement distance and quality. The sensor can produce accurate measurements in sunlit environments, but the maximum distance will be reduced. The following table outlines the typical ranging capabilities of the sensor:

Target Reflectance


Outdoor (overcast)

White (88%)

200 cm †

80 cm

Grey (17%)

80 cm

50 cm

† Using long range API profile; default profile range is 120cm.

FTC Applications

Configuring in the Control System

Configure the 2m Distance Sensor as "REV 2M Distance Sensor," shown in the image below.

The Robot Controller Application currently only supports the default profile for the sensor.

In this example, the 2m Distance Sensor is configured on I2C bus 1. The 2m Distance Sensor can be configured on any of the I2C busses as long as a Color Sensor V3 is not configured to the same bus.

Recall that I2C sensors must have different addresses in order to operate on the same bus. The Color Sensor V3 and 2m Distance Sensor share the same address.

Programming Applications

This program moves a motor if there is an object less than 10 centimeters from the distance sensor, and stops it if there is no object within that range.

FRC Applications

For use with WPILib and the roboRIO the proper library will need installation. Utilize the roboRIO's I2C port and a 4-pin JST PH to 4-pin roboRIO I2C Cable (REV-11-1729) to easily connect the sensor to the roboRIO.

Additional Resources

Additional information about the VL53L0X, its capabilities, and the ST Application Programming Interface (API) can be found through the ST website:

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