Lidar for Robotic Apps – Velodyne Puck 32MR

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Velodyne Lidar* has introduced the Puck 32MR sensor for the autonomous industry. It claims to offer a cost-effective perception device for low speed autonomous markets, including industrial vehicles, robotics, shuttles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). https://youtu.be/NZKvf1cXe8s

Besides Velodyne’s patented surround-view perception capability, the Puck 32MR has a range of 120 meters and a 40-degree vertical field of view to enable navigation in unfamiliar and dynamic settings.

Generating a high-resolution point cloud with minimal noise in all light conditions, the Puck 32MR accurately detects crosswalks, curbs, vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles and obstacles. This allegedly makes for for safe and efficient operation in roadway, commercial and industrial uses. Along with perception performance, the sensor delivers reliability and durability in a compact form factor.

The Puck 32MR is designed for power-efficiency to extend vehicle operating time within broad temperature and environmental ranges without the need for active cooling. The sensor uses 905 nanometer (nm), Class 1 eye-safe technology and is assembled in Velodyne’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. The Puck 32MR is designed for scalability and priced for volume customers. Velodyne provides technical support for the sensor across North America, Europe and Asia.

*Lidar is an acronym for “light detection and ranging.” It is sometimes called “laser scanning” or “3D scanning.” The technology uses eye-safe laser beams to create a 3D representation of the surveyed environment. Lidar is used in many industries, including automotive, trucking, UAV/drones, industrial, mapping, and others.

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Ken Zino is an auto industry veteran with global experience in print, broadcast and electronic media. He has auto testing, marketing, public relations and communications expertise garnered while working in Asia, Europe and the U.S.
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