Velodyne boosts FoV and resolution on Velabit lidars

  • July 5, 2021
  • William Payne

Velodyne Lidar has introduced a new model in its Velabit range of low-cost stand-alone 3D lidar sensors. The latest version of the Velabit provides an ultra-wide field of view (FoV) and higher resolution.

The solid-state Velabit sensor now has a horizontal FoV of 90°, the maximum achievable, as well as a maximum vertical FOV of 70°, approximately three times more points per second than the previous model. The latest Velabit also offers high-resolution zoom capability.

Designed for automotive applications, the Velabit is suitable for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles, as it detects blind spots and enables automakers to cover the entire space surrounding a vehicle.

According to Velodyne, the Velabit provides robust perception coverage for blind spot monitoring, cross traffic detection, and Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking (PAEB). 

Velabit can integrate with Velodyne’s lidar-based perception software, Vella. The software translates Velabit’s point cloud data into perceptual outputs, including object classification and tracking, obstacle detection, scene segmentation, and object speed, which can be used by vehicle systems. When combined with vehicle odometer data, the Velabit provides time and distance to collision measurements, allowing for a safer vehicle response.

“With our next-generation Velabit, Velodyne continues to innovate as this small format sensor enables elegant integration while delivering high-quality performance,” said Velodyne Lidar chief executive Anand Gopalan. “Our team of dedicated engineers have been able to meet the needs of our customers in less than a year, demonstrating our commitment to meeting market demands. And our goal is not only to meet market demands, but also to transform lives globally. We believe this sensor will democratise lidar-based security and autonomy in many different industries.”