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Velodyne Lidar today introduced the next generation speed sensor designed for stand-alone mobile robots, stand-alone vehicles, drones, and other robotic systems. The solid-state Velabit sensor now has the largest horizontal FoV 90 ° and maximum vertical FOV 70 ° that can be achieved simultaneously. Velodyne said this is about three times more points per second than the previous model.
The Velabit sensor, with a range of up to 100 meters, is compact (2.4 ”x 2.4” x 1.38 ”), weighs 125 g and offers low power consumption (3-6W). Equipped with Velodyne’s proprietary micro-lidar array (MLA) architecture, Velabit combines Velodyne’s LiDAR-based Vella observation software to translate Velabit’s point cloud data into observation outputs, including object classification and tracking, obstacle detection, scene segmentation, and object speed. Combined with vehicle odometer data, Vella provides time and distance for collision measurements.
Designed to be in the automotive industry LiDAR A solution for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles Velabit can be used for ADAS features such as blind spot monitoring, cross-traffic detection and automatic pedestrian emergency braking.
“With the new generation of Velabit, Velodyne will continue to innovate with a sensor that is sleek and stylish for integration while delivering high quality performance,” says Anody Gopalan, CEO of Velodyne Lidar. “Our dedicated design team worked to bring our customers’ needs to life in less than a year, emphasizing our commitment to meeting market demands. Our goal is not only to meet the demands of the market but also to change lives globally. We believe this sensor will democratize LiDAR-based security and autonomy in many different industries. “
Velabs can be combined with other Velodyne LiDAR technologies, such as the Velarray H800, for fast operation or as a stand-alone LiDAR solution for slow applications.
Velodyne said the Velabit sensor will be available for mass production as early as the last quarter of 2022.
In December 2020, Velodyne announced the Velarray M1600, a semiconductor LiDAR sensor designed for mobile robots and last-mile distribution systems. According to the sensor, the company is the newest in its Velarray product line and the first in its M-series. San Jose, California Velodyne was listed on the NASDAQ in September through a special purpose vehicle (SPAC).