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Empowering self-driving cars, lidar sensor maker Velodyne announced Velarray, a new lidar sensor using a fixed set of lasers rather than a spinning array.
Laser sensors in Velodyne’s new Velarray lidar sensor measure precise distances from all things in front of a self-driving car in a 120-degree arc.
Google’s fleet of self-driving cars sport a weird cone on the roof, concealing a lidar sensor array invented by Silicon Valley company Velodyne. Today Velodyne announced an alternative to conehead self-driving cars with its Velarray lidar sensor, a smaller module using a fixed array of lasers and receivers, designed for production self-driving cars.
Velodyne’s previous lidar products used a set of lasers on a vertical, spinning axle. A single Velodyne lidar of this type maps the 360-degree environment around a car with incredible precision. The new Velarray sensor only senses a 120-degree horizontal arc, so would require multiple units on a single self-driving car. However, its design makes it a better fit for a traditional car design.

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