Velodyne introduces affordable automotive lidar sensor

November 16, 2020 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Velodyne introduces affordable automotive lidar sensor
Velodyne, the company most known for its hat-like, rotating lidar sensor on top of many robot vehicle prototypes, has now introduced such as sensor that has been designed for series production cars and trucks. Target application of the new Velarray H800 solid-state lidar sensor are navigation and collision avoidance in ADAS and autonomous mobility applications.

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.

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