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November 17, 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).
to support advancements in autonomy and ADAS, from Level 2 to Level 5. This spans the entirety of ADAS features from Lane Keep Assist and Automated Emergency Braking, all the way to the top levels of automated driving. The compact, low-cost sensor can be paired with the company's Vella software suite, enabling the full spectrum of safety features.

Proprietary testing, says the company, indicated superiority of the Velarray-based solution where a traditional camera and radar system failed. With a field of view of 120 horizontal degrees by 16 vertical degrees, the sensor allows for "outstanding" detection of peripheral, near-field, and overhead objects while addressing corner cases on sloping and curving roads.

The Velarray H800 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 device offers the rich point cloud density required for high resolution mapping and object classification tasks.

"During meetings with investors over the past several months," says Gopalan, "I have received many questions about Velodyne’s solid state roadmap. The fact is that Velodyne has offered solid state lidar sensors for more than two years, but we’ve used the term 'directional' sensors to describe Velodyne’s solid state lidar technology. With the introduction of the Velarray H800, we saw the opportunity to demonstrate how Velodyne’s lidar technology prowess spans many form factors and applications."

"Velodyne wants to improve roadway safety by making all vehicles smarter," he says. "That's why we are working so hard to provide ADAS technology that can be implemented in the marketplace now. You will soon see more of our sensors and software product releases, offering building blocks of vehicle safety for the public."

The Velarray H800 will be available at high-volume production levels with a target price of less than $500 to drive broad adoption in consumer and commercial vehicle markets.

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