The introduction of Velodyne’s Velarray H800, the first in a family of solid state lidar sensors, garnered extensive media coverage, touting that the lidar sensor can be deployed in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous mobility applications.
Sam Abuelsamid wrote a story in Forbes on how the solid state Velarray H800 “utilizes Velodyne’s proprietary micro-lidar array architecture (MLA) with multiple laser emitters.” The article added:
“The MLA system consists of an array of eight edge emitting lasers in a very small package about the size of a postage stamp when combined with Velodyne’s proprietary ASIC chip and photo detectors. This configuration is claimed to be much more amenable to automated manufacturing that brings down cost and improves quality.”
Stephen Nellis wrote an article for Reuters noted, “the Velarray H800 will have a target price of less than $500.”In discussing Velodyne comments on the Velarray, the piece stated:
“The company said the unit will have no moving parts – known as ‘solid state’ in the industry – and will be small enough to fit behind the windshield of a car. It said the sensor can be used for self-driving vehicles or existing driver-assistance features such as emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance.”
In writing about markets for Velarray H800, Chris Davis in a story in Slash Gear, noted that product pricing “makes it not only interesting for autonomous vehicle projects, but the sort of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) that are actually on the market now.” In his article, Davis added:
“Adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistance, and other technologies that depend on accurate sensing of other road traffic and potential obstacles typical use radar, ultrasonics, and camera-based sensors, since lidar has traditionally been priced out of contention. The Velarray H800 might change that.”
To review the Forbes story, please go to: Velodyne’s $500 Velarray Solid-State Lidar Goes Into Production In 2021.
To read the Reuters article, please go to: Velodyne aims to price new self-driving car sensor below $500.
To see the Slash Gear story, please go to: This $500 LIDAR wants to give self-driving cars and ADAS better vision.