Velodyne was the pioneer in automotive lidar sensors, providing the units used on the vehicles that won the DARPA Grand Challenge 13 years ago. Those iconic rotating buckets on the roof of many early automated driving prototypes worked, but at $80,000 they were way too expensive to ever be practical for regular use. Velodyne has just announced its latest sensor, the Velarray H800 with a target price of just $500.
The Velarray H800 is the first of Velodyne’s line of solid-state lidar sensors. It utilizes Velodyne’s proprietary micro-lidar array architecture (MLA) with multiple laser emitters. The MLA system consists of an array of eight edge emitting lasers in a very small package about the size of a postage stamp when combined with Velodyne’s proprietary ASIC chip and photo detectors. This configuration is claimed to be much