Velodyne LiDAR awarded perception system contract from Mercedes-Benz
Velodyne LiDAR Inc. was selected by Mercedes-Benz Research & Development as a critical sensor supplier for the VLP-32C Ultra Puck for development of fully automated and driverless vehicles.
“We’re pleased to have our LiDAR technology included in Mercedes-Benz’s sensor setup for their fully automated and driverless vehicles. It reinforces Velodyne’s leadership in the space and further ensures that tomorrow’s autonomous vehicles are as safe and efficient as possible,” said David Hall, Chief Executive Officer, Velodyne LiDAR. “Mercedes-Benz is synonymous with outstanding performance as well as engineering quality, and we welcome the opportunity to contribute to such an exciting program.”
To further develop its autonomous driving technology, Mercedes-Benz has developed an integrated setup of different sensors that will now include Velodyne LiDAR sensors. According to the company, the “sensor fusion” enables a continuous situational analysis of the combined data from multiple sensors. The goal is to guarantee reliable results to allow a robust planning of safe trajectories for automated vehicles.
“With sensors as the eyes and ears of autonomous vehicles, they are definitely drivers of innovation in that field. Self-driving cars need to understand their surroundings in 3D, including low intensity objects at long range,” explained Axel Gern, Vice President of autonomous driving at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America.
Velodyne’s HDL-32E sensor is available for applications including UAVs, while the VLP-16 LiDAR Puck is a 16-channel real-time LiDAR sensor that is smaller and less expensive than previous-generation sensors. The VLP-32C Ultra Puck offers a long range, high resolution, and surround view, says the company. For more information, visit http://www.velodynelidar.com.