Cost-effective lidar sensor targets low-speed autonomous systems

August 16, 2019 //By Rich Pell
Cost-effective lidar sensor targets low-speed autonomous systems
Lidar technology company Velodyne Lidar (San Jose, CA) has announced what it says is a breakthrough sensor designed to address key markets in the autonomous industry.

The Puck 32MR sensor, says the company, offers a cost-effective perception solution for low-speed autonomous markets including industrial vehicles, robotics, shuttles, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Using the company's patented surround-view perception capability, the device offers a range of 120 meters and a 40-degree vertical field of view to enable navigation in unfamiliar and dynamic settings.

"We are proud to announce the Puck 32MR as the latest addition to our broad array of lidar products," says Anand Gopalan, Chief Technology Officer, Velodyne Lidar. "Velodyne continues to innovate lidar technologies that empower autonomous solutions on a global scale. This product fills a need for an affordable mid-range sensor, which our customers expressed, and we took to heart.”

The Puck 32MR generates a high-resolution point cloud with minimal noise in all light conditions, and accurately detects crosswalks, curbs, vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, and obstacles for safe and efficient operation in roadway, commercial, and industrial use cases. Along with outstanding perception performance, says the company, the sensor delivers reliability and durability in a compact form factor.

The Puck 32MR is designed for power efficiency to extend vehicle operating time within broad temperature and environmental ranges without the need for active cooling. The sensor uses 905-nm, Class 1 eye-safe technology and is assembled in the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

The Puck 32MR is designed for scalability and is priced "attractively" for volume customers, the company says. Technical support for the sensor is available across North America, Europe, and Asia.

Velodyne Lidar

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