Lidars provide unmanned vehicles with three-dimensional vision, thanks to which cars can navigate themselves on the roads. One of the leaders of lidar production for more than ten years remains the company Velodyne, which produces more and more new devices that outperform the old in many ways. The company's newest development is the 128-channel lidar sensor, with the highest resolution and the largest range of operation.
Thanks to 128 lasers installed in the body of the novelty, cars with autopilot will be able to see at a much higher resolution. In addition, the novelty scans the terrain from three to ten times faster than previous lidars, which is necessarily useful for new and "wiser" machines with an autopilot – they will definitely need better "vision". The developers note that although their devices provide a good view to the computer vision systems, it is better to use such lidars complete with cameras, radars and GPS.
The components of the new lidars will start producing in early 2018, by the middle of the year they are going to establish full-scale production, and At the end of 2018 the devices will begin to deliver to key customers.