Velodyne LiDAR Inc, a pioneer in the field of high definition LiDAR Sensors, is launching its latest product the HDL-32E LiDAR Sensor, a compact, cost-effective and portable device, to handle 3D point cloud mapping and autonomous navigation applications.
This sensor is to be showcased in booth 2416, of the AUVSI show, which is to be held between 24th and 26th August, at the Colorado Convention Center. This product is basically an extension of the technology used for the avant-garde 2007 model, the HDL-64E. The HDL-32E has dimensions of 5.9’ height, 3.4’ width and a weight almost equal to 3 pounds, and has been crafted to fulfill all automotive environmental and military standards. The sensor includes 32 lasers lined up over a vertical field of view of 40°, generating 800,000 distance points/sec. It is capable of rotating 360°, and gives both intensity and measurement data covering distances of 5cms to 100 meters, along with ±2 cm typical accuracy levels, resulting in luxuriant, high definition 3D point clouds, with much more practical environmental information than the ones provided by the regular LiDAR sensors.
According to Bruce Hall, Velodyne’s President, most of their clients insist on the HDL-64E generated point cloud, initiated by the DARPA Urban Challenge, but with a few small changes in size, lightness and cost factors, all of which have been incorporated in this new sensor package. Further this sensor can be utilized indoors or outdoors and also with customized mapping solutions. To cut costs this sensor was developed with less than 32 sensors. He also commented that the company was very keyed up about the numerous applications of the HDL-32E.
By fall 2010, Velodyne would be ready to deliver the sensor orders that have been coming in.