Solid-state lidar sensor aims to enhance auto safety

November 13, 2020 //By Rich Pell
Solid-state lidar sensor aims to enhance auto safety
Lidar technology company Velodyne Lidar has announced a solid-state lidar sensor that is architected for automotive-grade performance and built using the company's proprietary micro-lidar array architecture (MLA).

The first new sensor to be launched since the company went public in September, the Velarray H800 combines long-range perception and a broad field of view, and is designed for safe navigation and collision avoidance in ADAS and autonomous mobility applications. The device's compact, embeddable form factor is designed to fit neatly behind the windshield of a truck, bus, or car, or be mounted seamlessly on the vehicle exterior.

"Velodyne's 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," says 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," says Gopalan, "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."

The Velarray H800, says the company, can help automakers design ADAS solutions that help reduce traffic accidents as well as injuries and deaths of drivers, passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians.

"We want to help build the public's trust in automated vehicle systems," says Marta Hall, Velodyne founder and CMO. "We believe the Velarray H800 is the first of many lidar sensors that will be used in systems for powerful vehicle safety. Velodyne is introducing it as a key sensor for systems designed as building blocks for vehicle safety. Once the public experiences the benefits of reliable automated safety systems, they will welcome more products like this. We can save lives with ADAS."

The Velarray H800, says the company, boasts outstanding range, field of view, and resolution


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