Velodyne’s Solid-State Velarray LiDAR Delivers on Specs, But 2X Too Pricey

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2Q 2017 | IN-4578


Fixed-Laser, Solid-State LiDAR


In April (2017), Velodyne LiDAR announced its long-awaited, fixed-laser, solid-state light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensor, euphoniously named Velarray. The primary target market for the Velarray is for self-driving cars and advanced driver assistance safety (ADAS) systems. Sample units of the Velarray will be available at the end of 2017, with commercial production beginning in 2018, according to Velodyne representatives. 

Small Form Factor and No Moving Parts


Velodyne is both the mindshare and market share leading in the automotive LiDAR space, having pioneered the world’s first real-time, 360°, 3D LiDAR sensors in 2005. Since that time, Velodyne’s LiDARs became a de facto standard technology for self-driving cars. For example, the large, roof-mounted, 360° Velodyne HDL-64E LiDAR systems are often seen on self-driving test vehicles such as the Google car. The HDL-64E, can collect up to 2.2 million data points every second, and locate with centimeter accur…

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