Velodyne LiDAR has announced its selection by Mercedes-Benz Research & Development as a critical sensor supplier (VLP-32C Ultra Puck) for the further 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.”
In order to bring autonomous driving within reach, Mercedes-Benz has developed an intelligently integrated setup of different sensors that will now include Velodyne LiDAR sensors. The so-called ‘sensor fusion’ enables a continuous situational analysis of the combined data from the various 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,” said Axel Gern, Vice President of Autonomous Driving at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America. “We recognise Velodyne as a market leader for LiDAR sensors, helping us getting fully autonomous vehicles on the road.”
Velodyne says its surround view sensors provide up to 360-degree coverage at long range and have been installed in thousands of vehicles. Sensors today are manufactured at its Megafactory in San Jose, California.
Founded in 1983 and based in Silicon Valley, Velodyne LiDAR, Inc. evolved after founder/inventor David Hall developed the HDL-64 Solid-State Hybrid LiDAR sensor in 2005. Since then, Velodyne LiDAR has emerged as a developer, manufacturer, and supplier of 3D real-time perception systems used in a variety of commercial applications including autonomous vehicles, vehicle safety systems, 3D mobile mapping, 3D aerial mapping, and security. The ‘VLP-32C Ultra Puck’ offers the long-range, high-resolution and surround view required for advanced autonomous vehicles, the company says.