Velodyne announced the Puck 32MR sensor to address key markets in the autonomous industry. The sensor is meant to offer a cost-effective perception solution for low-speed autonomous markets including industrial vehicles, robotics, shuttles, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The device delivers perception data for mid-range applications. 

In addition to featuring a patented surround-view perception capability, the Puck 32MR has a range of 120 m (394 ft) and a 40-degree vertical field of view to enable navigation in unfamiliar and dynamic settings. Generating a high-resolution point cloud with minimal noise in all light conditions, the Puck 32MR accurately detects crosswalks, curbs, vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, and obstacles for safe and efficient operation in roadway, commercial, and industrial use cases. Along with outstanding perception performance, this sensor delivers reliability and durability in a compact form factor.

“We are proud to announce the Puck 32MR as the latest addition to our broad array of LiDAR products,” said Anand Gopalan, Chief Technology Officer, Velodyne. “Velodyne continues to innovate LiDAR technologies that empower autonomous solutions on a global scale. This product fills a need for an affordable mid-range sensor, which our customers expressed a need for, and we took this to heart. We strive to meet our customers’ needs, and the Puck 32MR is another example of our versatility within an evolving industry.”

The Puck 32MR is designed for power-efficiency to extend vehicle operating time within broad temperature and environmental ranges without the need for active cooling. The sensor uses proven 905 nm, Class 1 eye-safe technology.