The Autonomous Vehicle. One interesting US based company in the mix is Velodyne Acoustics. Velodyne acoustics? You mean the same guys that make high-end subwoofers for my home theater? Yes.
But Velodyne’s real estate at CES will extend only to the footprint of its iconic LiDAR-equipped car. That’s it. But when you stop by, there will be no question about who’s in the driver’s seat.
Velodyne is recognized worldwide for developing high-definition LiDAR sensors for autonomous vehicle applications (e.g., the Google car), including 3D mapping and surveying. And that story is just getting better. The company’s real-time HDL 3D LiDAR sensor family is the sensor for assisted or autonomous driving. Velodyne created the technology during the DARPA Grand Challenge days and optimized it for self-driving vehicles.
Velodyne’s sensor is used by virtually every car manufacturer and tier 1 supplier in the business, including Ford, which earlier this month showcased its Ford Fusion Hybrid Research Vehicle with 4x Velodyne HDL-32Es on the roof, providing 360º degree views with remarkable quality.
We also reported about Velodyne’s involvement with the autonomous vehicle in China.