Velodyne Readies $100 Lidar

Scaled-down unit targets low-speed applications


Velodyne Touts Improved Lidar

Velodyne Lidar Inc. says its new Alpha Prime sensor for autonomous vehicles significantly outperforms its previous-generation lidar.


Hyundai Mobis Teams with Velodyne on Lidar Tech

Hyundai Mobis Co. has agreed to work with Velodyne Lidar Inc. to supply lidar systems for Level 3 autonomous vehicles, starting in 2021.


Velodyne Claims Chinese Patent Infringement

Velodyne Lidar Inc. has accused two Chinese companies of infringing on its patents for rotating 3D sensors used by autonomous vehicles to detect objects around them.


Velodyne Buys Mapping Tech Startup

Velodyne Lidar Inc. has acquired Mapper.ai, a 3-year-old San Francisco-based startup that specializes in mapping and localization software.


Report: Velodyne Lidar Poised for IPO

San Jose, Calif.-based Velodyne Lidar Inc. has hired bankers to evaluate a possible public stock offering as the company prepares to ramp up for mass production, Business Insider reports.


Nikon to Produce Lidar for Velodyne

Camera giant Nikon Corp., which invested $25 million in Velodyne Lidar Inc. last year, will produce lidar systems for the California-based company through its Sendai Nikon subsidiary in Japan.


Tenneco Powertrain Nabs 2 PACE Innovation Awards

The winners of this year’s PACE Awards (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence) for innovation consisted of 13 suppliers from around the world.


TRI to Launch New Automated Driving Test Vehicle

One of the advantages that the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has in its pursuit of developing automated driving technology is that it is part of Toyota.


Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Invests in Chinese Autonomous Tech Startup

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance is making an unspecified investment in WeRide.ai, a Chinese startup company specializing in autonomous vehicle technology.

Additive Manufacturing

Tech: Infrared, 3D, LiDAR, and Cameras

New research and big plays from Local Motors, Volvo, Mobileye and ZF

Autonomous Vehicles

Lidar Takes Flight

The advent of advanced driver-assist systems and autonomous vehicles opens the door for several new technologies and the suppliers developing them.


Autonomous Vehicle Tech Developer Partners with China’s Guangzhou Auto

Silicon Valley-based startup Pony.ai and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. (GAC) have agreed to develop self-driving technology and other new mobility systems.

Autonomous Vehicles

Veloydne Launches Upgraded Lidar Sensor

Velodyne Lidar Inc. says it has developed a new lidar technology that outperforms all currently available sensors to better enable fully autonomous vehicle operations.


Autonomy + Mobility Awards: Hot, Hot, Hot

Give or take a few degrees, the temperature on the surface of the Sun is 9,940°F.


GM Dominates Autonomy + Mobility Awards

General Motors Co. captured three of this year’s six Autonomy+Mobility Awards, which are presented by Automotive Design & Production and AutoBeat Daily.


Ford-Backed Argo Buys Lidar Firm

Ford Motor Co.’s Argo AI unit has acquired lidar specialist Princeton Lightwave Inc.


Autoliv Acquires Lidar Specialist

Autoliv Inc. is buying lidar and high-tech camera developer Fotonic i Norden AB.


Domino’s and Ford Deliver Autonomously

When you think about technology developments in autonomy, you probably think of companies like Uber or Velodyne or Continental or Delphi.

Autonomous Vehicles

Report: Cheap Lidar Unfit for Autonomous Highway Driving

The new wave of lower-cost lidar sensors being developed for self-driving vehicles may not provide sufficient performance to allow for hands-free driving at highway speeds, reports the MIT Technology Review.

Autonomous Vehicles

Study Forecasts $13 Billion Lidar Market by 2027

Global sales of lidar (light detection and ranging) sensors for autonomous vehicle technologies will grow to $13 billion by 2027, predicts a report by ABI Research.


Self-Driving Apple Lexus Snapped

Apple Inc. has begun tests in California of its autonomous vehicle technology in a specially equipped Lexus RX450h SUV.

Autonomous Vehicles

Fewer than Half of Competitors Complete Autonomous Vehicle Race

Point One Navigation, a San Francisco-based location services startup, won the Self Racing Cars challenge last weekend at California’s Thunderhill West race track in northern California.