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Velodyne Lidar Featured on Voice of America
Jun 27, 2019 | By Velodyne Lidar

Lidar is the core sensor technology for autonomous vehicles.

In a VOA video story, Michelle Quinn reported on how lidar sensors allow autonomous vehicles to see their environment and plan a path to the desired destination.

The story includes Velodyne Lidar’s Vice President of Communications Sally Frykman discussing how lidar technology works while at the 2018 World Safety Summit on Autonomous Technology. Frykman said lidar sensors gather “billions of data points as to all of the objects in the surrounding area.”

Lidar continuously determines what is going on around a car, locating the position of people and objects near the vehicle, and assessing the speed and direction of their movements. This information establishes where the car is located and the correct route to take.

The story notes how safety is a big driver behind autonomous vehicles. Natasha Thomas, Northern California Regional Director at Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) commented on how self-driving cars can help eliminate human errors which means roadways will be safer with fewer crashes.

Thomas added the result will be “a decrease in death and serious injuries on our roadways.”

To watch the complete VOA story, please go to: https://www.voanews.com/episode/lasers-give-car-eyes-see-world-3896841

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About Velodyne Lidar

Velodyne provides smart, powerful lidar solutions for autonomy and driver assistance. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Velodyne is known worldwide for its portfolio of breakthrough lidar sensor technologies. Velodyne’s Founder, David Hall, invented real-time surround view lidar systems in 2005 as part of Velodyne Acoustics. Mr. Hall’s invention revolutionized perception and autonomy for automotive, new mobility, mapping, robotics, and security. Velodyne’s high-performance product line includes a broad range of sensing solutions, including the cost-effective Puck™, the versatile Ultra Puck™, the autonomy-advancing Alpha Prime™, the ADAS-optimized Velarray™ and the groundbreaking software for driver assistance, Vella™.

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