LiDAR News: Velodyne, Sense Photonics

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BusinessWire: Hyundai Mobis invests $50M to Velodyne for development of level 3 autonomous vehicle. Hyundai Mobis and Velodyne plan to commercialize their first lidar system for level 3 autonomous driving in 2021 by this partnership. The two companies will mark the start by supplying the system to the Asian market and will gradually expand to automakers in North America and Europe.

Velodyne company presentation is published on Youtube:

PRNewswire: IDTechEx counts 106 LiDAR companies:

"The coverage of IDTechEx's research is global and includes 34 players headquartered in Asia, 19 players headquartered in Europe, 48 players headquartered in North America and five players headquartered in the rest of the world (ROW)."

PRNewswire: While flash LiDARs are supposed to be a simpler and cheaper alternative to the mechanically scanning ones, Sense Photonics products are not exactly cheap: "Individual units are priced at $2,900 plus shipping, with first shipments scheduled to begin during the first quarter of 2020.

The Sense units deliver angular resolution of 0.27 degrees both horizontally and vertically, and can be configured to achieve an outdoor range of up to 40 meters (depending on model). Coupled with a vertical FOV of up to 75 degrees.

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