Velodyne LiDAR Inc. has unveiled its new Puck Hi-Res sensor, a version of the LiDAR Puck that provides higher resolution in captured 3D images. The upgrade allows objects to be identified at greater distances. Puck Hi-Res is the third LiDAR sensor released by the company this year, joining the standard VLP-16 Puck and the Puck LITE.

“Introducing a high-resolution LiDAR solution is essential to advancing any industry that leverages the capture of 3D images, from autonomous navigation to mapping to surveillance”

“Introducing a high-resolution LiDAR solution is essential to advancing any industry that leverages the capture of 3D images, from autonomous navigation to mapping to surveillance,” says Mike Jellen, president and COO of Velodyne LiDAR. “The Puck Hi-Res sensor will provide the most detailed 3D views possible from LiDAR, enabling widespread adoption of this technology while increasing safety and reliability.”

Expanding on Velodyne LiDAR’s VLP-16 Puck — a 16-channel, real-time 3D LiDAR sensor that weighs 830 grams — Puck Hi-Res is used in applications that require greater resolution in the captured 3D image. Puck Hi-Res retains the VLP-16 Puck’s 360-degree horizontal field-of-view (FoV) and 100-meter range, but delivers a 20-degree vertical FoV for a tighter channel distribution — 1.33 degrees between channels instead of 2 degrees — to deliver greater details in the 3D image at longer ranges. This will enable the host system to not only detect, but also better discern, objects at these greater distances.

“Building on the VLP-16 Puck and the Puck LITE, the Puck Hi-Res was an intuitive next step for us, as the evolution of the various industries that rely on LiDAR showed the need for higher resolution 3D imaging,” says Wayne Seto, product line manager at Velodyne LiDAR. “Not only does the Puck Hi-Res provide greater detail in longer ranges, but it retains all the functions of the original VLP-16 Puck that shook up these industries when it was introduced in September 2014.”

Velodyne LiDAR is now accepting orders for Puck Hi-Res, with a lead-time of approximately eight weeks.

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.