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Velodyne’s Lidar Sensors Deliver Real-Time 3D Vision for Safer Mobility and Smarter Communities

Velodyne is exhibiting at Auto Shanghai 2021. They will highlight its technology in lidar sensors and software, which power autonomous solutions that can advance safe, sustainable and accessible transportation and smart communities.


Velodyne says that its sensor and software solutions are uniquely suited to deliver flexibility, quality, and performance to meet a wide range of industries needs. Velodyne will demonstrate lidar products designed for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), autonomous vehicles, robotics, smart city infrastructure, delivery, industrial and more.

"Velodyne Lidar is honoured to be at Auto Shanghai 2021. Throughout our fourteen-year history, we have worked closely with customers in China in autonomous vehicles, next-generation consumer vehicles, mapping and robotics," said Wei Weng, Executive Director of Asia, Velodyne Lidar. "China and Asia have valued markets to Velodyne and we are committed to delivering the highest quality lidar technologies to advance autonomous technologies in China. We remain committed to deepening our relationships and expand our partnerships with customers building the future of safer mobility and smarter cities."



Velodyne has numerous clients in China, where it maintains an office in Beijing. The company has partnered with Trunk.Tech to accelerate the commercialization of driverless trucks in China's logistics market. Another important Velodyne customer headquartered in China is Idriverplus who produces commercial autonomous vehicles, including street cleaners, passenger cars and logistics vehicles. Another notable partnership is with Baidu, which is an investor in Velodyne. Baidu continues to use Velodyne's sensors in its autonomy businesses.



Among the Velodyne products showcased at Auto Shanghai 2021 are:

Velodyne Alpha Prime™, a next-generation lidar sensor that utilizes Velodyne's 360-degree surround-view perception technology, used to power safe autonomous mobility. As a result of over ten years of lidar development and learning, the Alpha Prime is a sensor specifically made for autonomous driving in complex conditions for travel up to highway speeds. The combined 300-meter range, resolution and field of view in one sensor is designed to be a catalyst to drive the autonomous strategies of automotive and robotaxi companies.


Velarray H800, a solid-state lidar sensor architected for automotive-grade performance, built using Velodyne's breakthrough proprietary micro-lidar array architecture (MLA). With combined long-range perception and a broad field of view, the sensor is designed for safe navigation and collision avoidance in ADAS and autonomous mobility applications. It can enable advanced driver assistance features such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keep Assist (LKA), and Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking (PAEB). The Velarray H800's compact, the 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.

Velarray M1600, an innovative solid-state lidar sensor designed to serve mobile robotic applications. The sensor is built using Velodyne's MLA and provides outstanding near-field perception for safe navigation. The Velarray M1600 enables touchless mobile and last-mile delivery robots to operate autonomously and safely, without human intervention. This durable and compact sensor can be deployed in various environments and weather conditions, allowing nearly 365-day, 24/7 usage.


Velabit™, Velodyne's smallest sensor, which brings new levels of versatility and affordability to 3D lidar perception. This compact, mid-range lidar sensor is highly configurable for specialized use cases and can be embedded almost anywhere within vehicles, robots, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and infrastructure. Velebit advances Velodyne's mission to make high-quality 3D lidar sensors readily accessible to everyone.

Vella™, Velodyne's breakthrough ADAS software based on the directional view Velarray sensor. Superior to existing approaches that utilize camera+radar, Vella can revolutionize advanced driver assistance functionalities currently on the market, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist and Pedestrian Automated Emergency Braking (PAEB). A Velodyne white paper and video examine nighttime tests conducted by Velodyne of its lidar-based PAEB system that uses the Velarray H800 sensor and Vella compared to a highly-rated system using camera+radar technology. In these conditions, the camera+radar-based system failed in all five scenarios while the lidar-based system avoided a crash in every situation tested.

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