Small $100 lidar sensor 'democratizes' autonomous solutions

January 08, 2020 //By Rich Pell
Small $100 lidar sensor 'democratizes' autonomous solutions
Lidar technology company Velodyne Lidar (San Jose, CA) has introduced its smallest sensor, which it says brings new levels of versatility and affordability to 3D lidar perception and advances its mission to make high-quality 3D lidar sensors readily accessible to everyone.

The Velabit lidar sensor leverages the company’s lidar technology and manufacturing partnerships for cost optimization and easy high-volume production. It delivers the same technology and performance found on the company’s full suite of state-of-the-art sensors and, says the company, will be the catalyst for creating endless possibilities for new applications in a variety of industries.

The compact Velabit can be embedded almost anywhere within vehicles, robots, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), infrastructure and more. It is engineered, says the company, to be an optimal automotive grade lidar solution for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles.

“The Velabit democratizes lidar with its ultra-small form factor and its sensor pricing targeted at $100 in high-volume production, making 3D lidar available for all safety-critical applications," says Anand Gopalan, Chief Executive Officer, Velodyne Lidar. "Its combination of performance, size, and price position the Velabit to drive a quantum leap in the number of lidar-powered applications. The sensor delivers what the industry has been seeking: a breakthrough innovation that can jump-start a new era of autonomous solutions on a global scale.”

The Velabit includes the following key features:

  • Integrated processing in a compact size of 2.4” x 2.4” x 1.38” – smaller than a deck of playing cards – to be easily embedded in a wide range of solutions
  • Range up to 100 meters
  • Outstanding field of view (FoV): 60-degree horizontal FoV x 10-degree vertical FoV
  • Highly configurable to support a range of applications
  • Proven, Class 1 eye-safe 903 nanometer technology
  • Bottom connector with cable length options
  • Multiple manufacturing sources scheduled to be available for qualified production projects

The Velabit will be available to customers mid-2020.

Velodyne Lidar

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