Velodyne showed what it is calling the “LiDAR Puck (VLP-16)” for the first time yesterday at AVUSI Automated Vehicles Symposium in San Francisco. The prototype sensor with 16 laser/detector pairs rotating 360 degree was showing real-time 3d measurements on VeloView. It is half the size and about 2/3 of the weight of the HDL-32E and will be attractively priced according to Wolfgang Juchmann.
The unit is between 3 and 4 inches in diameter, slightly wider than the HDL-32, and a little over 2 inches tall. According to Ray Mandli it seems to be pretty functional for an early prototype. Thanks for the tip Ray.
Velodyne continues to be the innovation leader in this space.