Velodyne unveils advanced Alpha Prime lidar sensor

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With the launch of Alpha Prime, Velodyne Lidar says it now delivers the optimal long-range sensor for autonomous mobility. This state-of-the-art sensor is said to generate high-quality perception in a wide variety of light conditions, with advanced sensor-to-sensor interference mitigation, power efficiency and thermal performance.

Providing long-range detection of low reflectance objects, the Alpha Prime enables autonomous operation within a broad range of settings, including urban and highway environments. Velodyne further describes it as a culmination of more than a decade of experience in engineering and manufacturing lidar, enabling the Alpha Prime to power safe autonomy.

Key features of the horizontal (360°) and vertical (40°) long-range sensor include high resolution (0.2° x 0.1°) and point density at full frame rate; proprietary sensor-to-sensor interference mitigation; strong performance with retro reflectors and sunlight; and new power efficiencies for maximum operating temperature.

Velodyne says that Alpha Prime will be delivered to a 6-8-week lead time standard, and that multiple manufacturing sources are available for qualified production projects.

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