LiDAR Technology Takes A Flying Leap

Groomed for the expanding autonomous vehicle, Velodyne LiDAR’s VLS-128 LiDAR sensor features 128 laser channels, said to be an extreme step forward in LiDAR vision systems. The VLS-128 succeeds the HDL-64, allegedly still the industry benchmark for high resolution. It has a 10 times higher resolving power than the HDL-64, allowing it to see objects more clearly, while its highly accurate object identification and detection system can provide relible collision avoidance in a moving car. The ultra-high resolution of the VLS-128 provides the most advanced safety capabilities on the market for cars driving at all speeds and especially at highway speeds when decisions are made in a split second.

 

The VLS-128 technology provides three major advances for autonomous driving: A reduction in vision system compute complexity, highway driving, and robotic assembly of the sensor itself.

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  • The VLS-128’s high-resolution data can also be used directly for object detection without additional sensor fusion, which improves the safety and redundancy of the autonomous vehicle’s compute function and reduces overall compute complexity.
  • With its long range and high-resolution data, the VLS-128 allows autonomous vehicles to function equally as well in highway scenarios and low-speed urban environments. It is designed to solve for all corner cases needed for full autonomy in highway scenarios, allowing for expanded functionality and increased testing in new environments.
  • Based on mass-produced semiconductor technologies, the VLS-128 is designed for automated assembly in Velodyne’s Megafactory using a proprietary laser alignment and manufacturing system to meet the growing global demand for LiDAR-based vision systems.

For more insights, visit Velodyne LiDAR.

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