Velodyne Lidar make powerful LiDAR sensors designed with autonomous vehicles, driver assistance, delivery solutions, robotics, industrial applications, infrastructure and 3D mapping in mind. Velodyne, headquartered in San Jose, California, is known worldwide for its portfolio of breakthrough LiDAR technologies, with a range that includes both solid-state and surround LiDAR sensors.
Velodyne secured their place in the LiDAR history books when they entered the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, a race designed to encourage the development of technologies which would give us the first fully autonomous land vehicles. The competition spurred Velodyne to invent real-time surround view LiDAR, which ushered in a new era of autonomy, revolutionising perception systems in autonomous vehicles. In 2007, DARPA hosted a similar Urban Challenge, and five out of the six vehicles which crossed the finish line were equipped with Velodyne HDL-64E sensors. From this starting point Velodyne became a world leader in LiDAR sensor production, a position they hold to this day.