Velodyne LiDAR launches highest resolution LiDAR for autonomous vehicles
Velodyne Labs announced that it has produced a LiDAR with what it claims to be the world's best resolution, longest range, and widest field of view. The Velodyne VLS-128 offers a richer image with four times the data points and density than the HDL-64. This will reportedly enhance the ability for object detection and collision avoidance while traveling highway speeds, by gathering of billions more data points traveling in real time.
High-resolution LiDAR is important for object detection and collision avoidance at all speeds, with the highest resolution needed especially when traveling at speeds higher than 30 miles per hour. The faster a vehicle goes, the more data is needed at a faster pace for safety evaluation.
The VLS-128 is a 70% size reduction from the HDL-64, with double the range and four times the resolution. The company claims it is the highest performing LiDAR sensor on the market in terms of field of view, range, resolution, and ability to deal with a complex environment. Due to its 905-nm technology, it operates in dry climates and wet environments, and is based on mass-produced CMOS semiconductor technologies. It is produced at Velodyne's megafactory in San Jose using a proprietary fully automatic laser alignment and manufacturing system. Future models will also be produced as part of Velodyne's Tier 1 Automotive Program.
For more information, visit http://www.velodynelidar.com.