Driverless vehicle needs artificial intelligence, not only acting as a pilot, but also in computer systems providing data on the world around. Velodyne recently unveiled its new 128-beam VLS-128 sensor, and there can be no comparison with existing systems.
The company patented the LiDAR technology for UAV more than 10 years ago. Its sensors allow to create a detailed 360-degree view of what’s happening around the car in any lighting and weather conditions.
The new product has a high resolution, 10 times superior to all available models. The VLS-128 device is able to provide visibility 300 meters ahead in the dark.
Now the product comes in small batches and one sensor costs few thousand dollars. However, Velodyne already plans to increase production volumes. Mass issue (up to 1 000 000 sensors per year) will reduce the cost. The company now finishes the construction of a factory in California.