Velodyne LiDAR's new Puck LITE light detection system showcased at SAS 16
Velodyne LiDAR is recognized worldwide for developing high-definition LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors for UAVs and drones, navigation systems, 3D mapping and surveying, robots on land and sea, and, famously, autonomous vehicle applications.
At Sea-Air-Space Velodyne will showcase its new Puck LITE 16-channel real-time 3D sensor -- combining best-in-class performance with a small form factor and the high reliability that UAV applications demand. At 590 grams, it’s the world’s lightest 16-channel LiDAR sensor – ideal for UAVs. By reducing sensor weight by almost 30 percent, Puck LITE enables longer flight times while giving nothing up in functionality.
With a 30-degree vertical field of view and a range of 100 meters, Puck LITE builds on the success of Velodyne’s VLP-16 LiDAR Puck. Puck LITE matches the features and specifications of the VLP-16 and does not compromise on performance – and still manages to achieve a lower weight. Unveiled in late 2014 as a “product of the future,” the VLP-16 -- a 16-channel, real-time 3D LiDAR sensor that weighs 830 grams -- has literally taken off. At UAS/UAV Mapping Forum last fall, the company announced that more than 1,000 VLP-16 sensors have been sold since the product’s formal unveiling the previous year.
"The Puck LITE is a natural follow-on product to the VLP-16 and was designed expressly to exceed the exacting requirements of the UAV market,” said Wayne Seto, Product Line Manager, Velodyne LiDAR. “For UAVs and aerial 3D mapping applications generally, weight is everything. Our new offering retains all of the power and capabilities of the original Puck in an even lighter package.”
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