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Press Coverage on Velodyne’s Support for NHTSA Plan to Update NCAP
Jan 15, 2021 | By Velodyne Lidar

The New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) is the U.S. Government’s premier consumer information program for evaluating vehicle safety performance.

A story in Automotive World highlighted support from Velodyne Lidar for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plan to update to NCAP.

Images show vehicle with lidar-based PAEB stopping before adult target @ 50% overlap (above) and vehicle with camera and radar-based PAEB crashing into adult target (below).
Images show vehicle with lidar-based PAEB stopping before adult target @ 50% overlap (above) and vehicle with camera and radar-based PAEB crashing into adult target (below).

The article noted, “the NHTSA proposal would add four advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) capabilities to the NCAP, keeping pace with evolving safety technologies and providing much-needed information to consumers.”

Geospatial World posted a story on the NHTSA proposal that quoted Mircea Gradu, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Product and Quality, Velodyne Lidar, saying:

“NHTSA’s proposal has the potential to save lives. Adding ADAS to NCAP is an excellent step forward in advancing safety features in cars and educating consumers on what those features can and cannot do. Velodyne has long been engaged with NHTSA and other auto safety leaders on how to standardize ADAS features and establish a rating system that measures ADAS levels of performance. We are eager to work with the agency and all stakeholders on completing this important initiative.”

A Yahoo! Finance post added:

“Velodyne has for years been dedicated to testing lidar sensors and developing safety metrics for ADAS systems. NHTSA’s new plans allow Velodyne to share the company’s findings, weighing in on the capabilities of lidar-centric ADAS systems which have superior performance after sundown, an advantage over current radar+camera-based ADAS solutions.”

In nighttime pedestrian automatic emergency braking (PAEB) testing conducted by Velodyne Lidar, Velodyne’s PAEB system that uses the Velarray sensor and Vella™ software avoided a crash in every situation tested.
In nighttime pedestrian automatic emergency braking (PAEB) testing conducted by Velodyne Lidar, Velodyne’s PAEB system that uses the Velarray sensor and Vella™ software avoided a crash in every situation tested.

To read the entire Automotive World article, please go to: Velodyne Lidar commends NHTSA plan to update NCAP.

To review the complete Geospatial World story, please access: Velodyne boosts industry and government collaboration to advance vehicle safety.

To read the Yahoo! Finance post, please see: Velodyne Lidar Commends NHTSA Plan to Update NCAP.

About Velodyne Lidar

Velodyne Lidar (Nasdaq: VLDR, VLDRW) ushered in a new era of autonomous technology with the invention of real-time surround view lidar sensors. Velodyne, the global leader in lidar, is known for its broad portfolio of breakthrough lidar technologies. Velodyne’s revolutionary sensor and software solutions provide flexibility, quality and performance to meet the needs of a wide range of industries, including autonomous vehicles, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), smart cities and security. Through continuous innovation, Velodyne strives to transform lives and communities by advancing safer mobility for all.

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