19 Apr '17, 8pm

Velodyne Announces a Solid-State Lidar

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. That’s when its revolving arrays of lasers and optical sensors first appeared in rooftop towers on experimental self-driving vehicles, notably the Google car. Such arrays give 360-degree coverage and can see in detail what radar can only make out dimly, but they aren’t easy to build and calibrate in small, partially handmade batches. This is why their price still rises into the tens of thousands of dollars. A solid-state version could be turned out in quantity for much les...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/s...

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