The U.S. Chamber of Commerce champions fostering a thriving and innovative technology sector as an important component to America’s economic success and competitiveness.
The Chamber Technology Engagement Center (C_TEC) tells the story of technology’s role in the U.S. economy and advocates for policy solutions that drive economic growth, spur innovation and create jobs.
Among the innovation areas that are C_TEC priorities are unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones, and automated vehicles (AVs). These are both application areas where Velodyne’s products are contributing to development of advanced lidar-based solutions.
To discuss how these technologies can improve transportation, C_TEC developed a white paper called Building the Foundation for the Future of Transportation. The white paper is intended to inform the U.S. Congress, government regulators and the general public. It discusses policy issues faced by UAS, urban air mobility (UAM) and AVs. The white paper includes policy recommendations on how to encourage further innovation and maintain U.S. leadership in these emerging technologies.
The Chamber invited Velodyne to contribute our expertise with a company case study on how lidar technology can deliver on the promise of safer mobility. The article discusses how our product portfolio, including the Alpha Prime ™, Puck ™ and Velarray, are designed to help drive the autonomous strategies of automotive and robotaxi companies, and power advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
The case study also looks at Velodyne customer Local Motors, a leading digital vehicle manufacturer that develops sustainable mobility solutions to empower communities around the world. Local Motors uses Velodyne’s lidar sensors to enable safe, reliable operation of Olli, the company’s 3D-printed, electric, self-driving shuttle.
The C_TEC white paper states, “widespread and safe automated vehicle deployment will likely lead to numerous economic, mobility, environmental and safety benefits for the American public.”