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April 10, 2013

Real-time 3D lidar poised to 'revolutionize' driving a car


Velodyne debuts high-def lidar sensor at SPAR International

Velodyne Acoustics Inc. is showcasing its most recent HDL32 high-definition lidar sensor during the 10th annual SPAR International Conference on End-to-End 3D in Colorado Springs next week.

Morgan Hill, Calif.-based Velodyne said since its first sale over six years ago, it has become the leading developer of laser imaging technology.

The latest version of firmware operating the HDL32 provides high-definition point clouds with >700,000 points per second at up to 20Hz, the company said.

The new HDL32 firmware also features calibrated reflectivities, which recognizes street signs, lane markers and other objects while driving at highway speeds.

The firmware also provides an easy-to-use WebServer-based GUI allowing, for the first time, to set and monitor critical parameters during live operation, Velodyne said.

“The real-time 3D lidar is poised to revolutionize car driving and make a vast improvement in passenger safety,” said David Hall, Velodyne founder and inventor. “At the same time, 3D lidar technology is revolutionizing map making and the way we picture the world. We are excited to return to SPAR for our 4th year to showcase the newest in lidar technology.”

At next week’s conference – April 15-18, Velodyne is introducing the new HDL32 lidar sensor by giving away a pair of its high-end vPulse headphones during daily raffles at the Velodyne booth (#605).

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