Just as rotating radar detection antennas have given way to fixed, phased-array designs, a new lidar sensor from Velodyne is empowering self-driving cars by replacing its spinning lidar sensor array with a fixed set of lasers.
The new LiDAR sensors use Velodyne’s proprietary ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits) to achieve superior performance metrics in a small package size of 125mm x 50mm x 55mm that can be embedded into the front, sides, and corners of vehicles. It provides up to a 120-degree horizontal and 35-degree vertical field-of-view, with a 200-meter range even for low-reflectivity objects.
Velodyne LiDAR Announces New “Velarray” LiDAR Sensor
SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Velodyne LiDAR Inc., the world leader in 3D real-time perception systems for autonomous vehicles, today announced its new fixed-laser, solid-state Velarray™ LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensor, a cost-effective yet high-performance and rugged automotive product in a small form factor. With the Velarray sensor, which can be seamlessly embedded in both autonomous vehicles and advanced driver-assist safety (ADAS) systems, Velodyne LiDAR again sets the industry standard for image quality and functionality delivered in smaller, more cost-effective form factors.
“It offers a unique value proposition empowering a vehicle system that improves the safe driving experience, alongside an upgraded path to full autonomy.”
“The Velarray enables not only fully autonomous vehicles, but also ADAS systems such as adaptive cruise control, while at the same time providing a miniature form factor and mass production target prices,” said Mike Jellen, President & Chief Commercial Officer, Velodyne LiDAR. “It offers a unique value proposition empowering a vehicle system that improves the safe driving experience, alongside an upgraded path to full autonomy.”
Velodyne LiDAR invented and patented the world’s first 3D real-time LiDAR sensors in 2005, and has since become the foundational sensor and market share leader for all truly autonomous vehicle development programs. Its surround-view sensors provide up to 360-degree coverage at long range and have been installed in thousands of vehicles. The Velarray was developed at Velodyne Labs, the company’s advanced research and development group, to combine the performance and reliability of its legacy LiDAR sensors with a small form factor to deliver the foremost technology and flexibility for enabling advanced safety and autonomous vehicles.
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