Solid State Sensor For Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)

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The LiDAR with powerful detection and vehicle safety features achieves top levels of automated driving, creating enhanced autonomy

Here’s presenting the latest innovation in a broad array of lidar sensors: the Velarray H800. The solid-state sensor is built using micro-lidar array architecture (MLA) for superior automotive-grade performance.

With combined long-range perception and a broad field of view, this sensor facilitates safe navigation and collision avoidance in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous mobility applications. The Velarray H800’s compact, embeddable form factor fits firmly behind the windshield of a truck, bus or car, or be mounted seamlessly on the vehicle exterior.

Wide safety features

According to a report by the World Health Organisation, approximately 1.35 million deaths occur annually on a global scale due to traffic crashes. To avert this, the Velarray H800 can help automakers design ADAS solutions that help reduce traffic accidents as well as injuries and deaths of drivers, passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians.

The Velarray H800 has an outstanding range, field of view and resolution that supports advancements in autonomy and ADAS, from Level 2 to Level 5. This spans the entirety of ADAS features from Lane Keep Assist and Automated Emergency Braking, all the way to the top levels of automated driving. The compact, low-cost sensor can be paired with Velodyne’s Vella software suite, enabling the full spectrum of safety features.

With a field of view of 120 horizontal degrees by 16 vertical degrees, the Velarray H800 provides outstanding detection of peripheral, near-field and overhead objects while addressing corner cases on sloping and curving roads. The sensor also supports perception data at a range of up to 200 meters, allowing safe stopping distances even at highway speeds. Featuring a configurable frame rate, the Velarray H800 offers the rich point cloud density required for high-resolution mapping and object classification tasks.

Beneficial enhancements

“First, the Velarray H800 was specifically designed for high volume automotive applications with feedback from leading OEM customers. It uses Velodyne’s global network of high-quality manufacturing partnerships that provide the high quantity automakers need. Second, Velodyne’s proprietary technology and experience, combined with our manufacturing capacity, allow us to offer the sensor at a price that makes economic sense for automakers. Third, the world needs enhanced safety in consumer vehicles and the Velarray product line makes that available to end consumers creating safer roadways and cars for all,” said Anand Gopalan, Velodyne Lidar CEO.

“We believe the Velarray H800 is the first of many lidar sensors that will be used in systems for powerful vehicle safety. Velodyne is introducing it as a key sensor for systems designed as building blocks for vehicle safety. Once the public experiences the benefits of reliable automated safety systems, they will welcome more products like this. We can save lives with ADAS,” said Marta Hall, Velodyne founder and CMO.

The Velarray H800 by Velodyne Lidar Inc. kicks off the company’s next-generation solid-state lidar portfolio. The sensor will be available at high-volume production levels to drive broad adoption in consumer and commercial vehicle markets.


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