- The German company dSpace and the American company Velodyne Lidar have entered into a partnership to accelerate the development of future lidar technologies, particularly for autonomous driving.
- dSpace has joined the ”Automated with Velodyne” programme of the American company specialising in 3D lidar systems.
Lidar (Light Imaging, Detection And Ranging) are detection systems based on VCSEL laser diodes. They are notably embedded in autonomous vehicles for object detection. They are also used for mapping or 3D recognition applications in robotics for example.
Based in San Jose, California, Velodyne Lidar provides lidar solutions for autonomous vehicles, driver assistance, delivery solutions, robotics, navigation, mapping, etc.
The ”Automated with Velodyne” programme aims to accelerate interactions between ecosystems and rapidly integrate lidar innovations into a range of autonomous solutions including autonomous driving applications.
By participating in the ”Automated with Velodyne Lidar” programme, dSpace will be able to emulate Velodyne’s new laser sensors in simulation solutions at an early stage of development. In addition, the German company will develop simulation models for testing and validation, and provide the sensor simulation environment to validate camera, lidar and radar sensors throughout the development process.
The dSpace simulation solution generates point clouds in real time to simulate objects. The simulation models help to determine the most efficient positioning of the sensor on the vehicle (sweet spot) as well as the sensor boundaries (corner cases). Through the partner program, Velodyne customers can directly integrate dSpace sensor models into their development activities.