Velodyne announces price cut for LiDAR sensor
Velodyne LiDAR has announced a cost reduction for its VLP-16 Puck, the company’s most popular LiDAR sensor, by as much as 50%.
“Demand for our VLP-16s grew tremendously in 2017. As a result, we increased capacity and now can pass along savings as cost reduction to our customers,” said David Hall, Founder and CEO, Velodyne LiDAR. “We want to make 2018 a year of optimism for the autonomous vehicle, especially as the first waves of robocabs hit the road. Our goal is the democratization of transportation safety by making it accessible to every man, woman, and child in the world as quickly as possible.”
“Since its launch, customers have been lining up to purchase the VLP-16 and we’ve been able to meet that growing demand by expanding production and developing automated manufacturing for LiDAR sensors at the Megafactory,” added Hall. “With this cost reduction, we’ll be able to get more Pucks into the hands of more customers, support the growing number of autonomous vehicle development fleets around the world, and start creating a better tomorrow.”
The VLP-16 was launched in 2016, and the company says the product had an immediate impact on multiple industries, most notably automotive. It's designed to deliver a small, accurate, reliable, and affordable sensor for real-time 3D vision with a range of 100 m (328 ft) and a 360-degree surround field-of-view.
“The VLP-16 opened the door for advanced LiDAR technology in several industries that benefit from real-time 3D data in a small form factor,” said Mike Jellen, president, Velodyne LiDAR. “As interest in LiDAR technology grows around the world, we’re gratified to know that the Puck will be one of the most widely used and accessible sensors available.”
The VLP-16 sensor is the smallest, newest, and most advanced product in Velodyne's 3D LiDAR product range. It was designed to be comparably inexpensive and ready for mass production while retaining real-time operation, 360-degree horizontal field of view, 3D distance, and calibrated reflectivity measurements. The 830-g (1.8-lb) device operates at a rate of 300,000 points per second. It has dual returns, 16 channels, and ±15 degree vertical field of view and features low power consumption and a protective design.