Cutting the costs of LIDAR, a critical sensor array in making self-driving cars affordable. LIDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging. It provides a high definition 3D view to an autonomous vehicle of its surroundings.
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.
The new Velarray LiDAR sensor uses 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. The small packaging allows Velarray sensors to be embedded seamlessly in both autonomous vehicles and advanced driver-assist safety (ADAS) systems.
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. With an automotive integrity safety level rating of ASIL B, Velarray will not only ensure safe operation in L4 and L5 autonomous vehicles but also in ADAS-enabled cars.
It has a target price in the hundreds of dollars when produced in mass volumes.
“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.”
The company has scheduled customer demonstration of the core technology for the summer of 2017, with engineering sample units available by the end of 2017 ahead of production in 2018. It will be produced in scale at the company’s new Megafactory in San Jose.
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.
For more information, visit http://www.velodynelidar.com.