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Velodyne Signs 3-Year Deal to Supply Lidar to Baidu

Sensors to be used by Baidu's Apollo autonomous-car development alliance
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Velodyne has signed a three-year sales agreement to supply its latest lidar sensors to Chinese internet giant Baidu.

The California-based company’s next-generation Alpha Prime sensors will be used by Baidu’s 3-year-old Apollo autonomous-car development alliance. Velodyne touts the new sensor’s 360°-degree surround view perception capabilities.

Baidu’s Apollo Go autonomous taxi

Baidu’s Apollo Go autonomous taxi  (Image: Baidu)

The size of the order was not disclosed. But Baidu announced last month that the Apollo Go robo-taxi service developed by the partnership has gone live with several dozen vehicles (including human backup drivers) deployed across Beijing, Cangzhou and Changsha.

Velodyne says its new lidar produces millions of data points per second and delivers better resolution, range, object perception and power efficiency than its previous devices.

The two companies aren’t strangers. Baidu has been an investor in Velodyne since 2016. And Velodyne has supplied its products to many of the carmakers who have joined the Apollo robotic-car partnership.

Apollo aims to develop an open-source software platform for self-driving-vehicle systems that can compete with the one being developed by Alphabet’s Waymo unit. Among the alliance’s coalition’s partners are BAIC, Chery, Chongqing Changan, Daimler, FAW, Ford, Great Wall and Volvo.

The alliance also boasts such suppliers as Bosch, Continental Delphi, Intel, Microsoft, Nvidia, Valeo and ZF.

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