Velodyne introduces affordable automotive lidar sensor

Velodyne introduces affordable automotive lidar sensor

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

According to the company, the sensor combines an outstanding range of 200 metres with wide field of view and covers the requirements for the SAE autonomy levels 2 to 5. This spans all ADAS capabilities from Lane Keep Assist and Automated Emergency Braking to fully automated driving. The sensor is designed for use with the company’s proprietary Vella software suite.

With its compact, embeddable form factor, the Velarray H800 sensor is designed to fit behind the windshield of a truck, bus or car, or be mounted seamlessly on the vehicle exterior. With a price of less than $500 for the sensor, Velodyne is approaching the price category relevant for large-series production cars.

Offering a field of view of 120 horizontal degrees by 16 vertical degrees, the sensor is capable of detecting peripheral, near-field, and overhead objects while addressing corner cases on sloping and curving roads. The sensor provides perception data at a range of up to 200 meters, supporting safe stopping distances even at highway speeds. Featuring a configurable frame rate, the H800 offers the rich point cloud density required for high resolution mapping and object classification tasks.

The Velarray H800 is Velodyne’s first new sensor to be launched since the company went public on September 30, 2020. The sensor kicks off the next generation of the company’s solid state lidar portfolio. It complements and leverages Velodyne’s expertise in innovating, building and delivering lidar technology.

“The launch of the Velarray H800 lidar sensor, which is the first in a family of solid state lidars we will be releasing publicly, is important to automakers for three reasons,” said Anand Gopalan, Velodyne Lidar CEO. “First, the Velarray H800 was specifically designed for high volume automotive applications with feedback from leading OEM customers. It uses Velodyne’s global network of high-quality manufacturing partnerships that provide the high quantity automakers need. Second, Velodyne’s proprietary technology and experience, combined with our manufacturing capacity, allow us to offer the sensor at a price that makes economic sense for automakers. Third, the world needs enhanced safety in consumer vehicles and the Velarray product line makes that available to end consumers creating safer roadways and cars for all.”

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