Velodyne LiDAR, aiming at the emerging markets of drone mapping and mobile robotics, is partnering with Dibotics, a Paris-based specialist in GPS-denied and infrastructure-less navigation.

Under the agreement, Dibotics will provide consulting services to Velodyne LiDAR customers who require 3D SLAM software, while Velodyne will assist Dibotics in enhancing its technology when deployed with Velodyne’s 3D LiDAR sensors. In robotic mapping, SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) involves the computational problem of constructing or updating a map of an unknown environment while simultaneously keeping track of a specific point within it.

“We’re eager to work closely with Velodyne LiDAR to deliver the best solutions to emerging markets like real-time drone mapping and mobile robotics applications,” says Raul Bravo, CEO of Dibotics. “We have applied our technology to a wide range of application fields in several industry segments all over the world to achieve fully autonomous function, perception-enriched tele-operation or 3D modelization. This partnership represents the next step in our evolution and in the maturation of the technology.”

The two companies have been collaborating informally for some time across a range of application areas. More than a dozen of these collaborations have been captured in a series of YouTube videos, among them 3D mapping, localization in agriculture, airborne mapping using LiDAR, driverless car, and infrastructure surveillance with drone technology.

“Dibotics is the pioneer and world leader of a new kind of real-time 3D SLAM, based on the output of sensors like ours, so teaming up promises to be a boon to both companies,” says Erich Smidt, Velodyne LiDAR Europe regional director. “Localization and mobile robotics represent major growth opportunities for us and for the industry as a whole, and we see Dibotics as complementing our LiDAR market leadership.”

About Velodyne LiDAR
Founded in 1983 and based in California’s Silicon Valley, Velodyne LiDAR Inc. is a technology company that specializes in real-time LiDAR sensors. Since 2007, Velodyne LiDAR has emerged as a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of real-time LiDAR sensor technology used in a variety of commercial applications including autonomous vehicles, vehicle safety systems, 3D mobile mapping, 3D aerial mapping and security.