Velodyne has been working with Ford for the past ten years on the use of lidar to support autonomous vehicle navigation. They just announced the ULTRA Puck™ VLP-32A, combining best-in-class performance with a small form factor and the high reliability that the automotive industry demands.
“With its unprecedented field of view and point density, the ULTRA Puck VLP-32A is simply the industry’s most advanced 3D LiDAR sensor,” said Mike Jellen, Velodyne LiDAR’s president and COO. “We’re pleased to offer the ULTRA Puck to OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers dedicated to improving vehicle safety and transportation convenience. The ULTRA Puck stands as the first affordable LiDAR sensor capable of addressing vehicle automation levels 1-5 as defined by SAE, from today’s driver assist features up to fully autonomous driving in the future.”
In what seemed like magic to the automotive industry Ford also announced that they had successfully tested a vehicle in the desert at night without the use of headlights. Believe it or not the lidar sensors worked in the dark!