Velodyne announces a solid-state lidar

The Velodyne package measures 125 mm by 50 mm by 55 mm—small enough to be embedded into the front, sides, and corners of vehicles.

Velodyne today announced a solid-state automotive lidar ranging system that the company will demonstrate in a few months, release in test kits later this year, and mass produce at its new megafactory in San Jose, Calif., in 2018. The estimated price per unit is in the hundreds of dollars.

The company hopes to nail down the dominance it has enjoyed ever since pioneering automotive lidar a dozen years ago.

The Velodyne package measures 125 mm by 50 mm by 55 mm (about 5 by 2 by 2 inches)—small enough to be embedded into the front, sides, and corners of vehicles. Such a setup can give theater-in-the-round coverage even though each device covers only 120 degrees horizontally. They also span 35 degrees vertically, which comes in handy when climbing hills.
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Ferment in the lidar market continues and we've reported on it at length. Earlier this week lidar startup Luminar entered the autonomous vehicle market after five years in stealth mode.

For more on the technologies, designs, and players, read our coverage in this article by senior editor Gail Overton: Lidar nears ubiquity as miniature systems proliferate




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