Velodyne Executive Addresses How Velodyne Provides Breakthrough Lidar Technology for Autonomy and Driver Assistance

Mircea Gradu, Velodyne Lidar SVP of Quality and Validation,
Discusses Advanced Safety Lidar Solution Validation at International VDI
Conference – Automotive Sensor Systems

RÜSSELSHEIM, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#lidarlt;/agt;–Dr. Mircea Gradu, Sr. Vice President Quality and Validation at Velodyne
Lidar, Inc.
, will deliver a featured presentation on lidar
technology at the upcoming International VDI Conference – Automotive
Sensor Systems in Munich, Germany on February 14. Gradu will review the
critical success factors in testing and validation that lidar sensors
must achieve to support vehicle autonomy and advanced driver assistance
systems (ADAS).

During his presentation, Gradu, a distinguished engineer who is an
Officer and the 2018 President of SAE International, will propose that
the autonomous vehicle (AV) community work together – in a
non-competitive way – to identify requirements and methods for lidar
sensor testing and validation. The initiative’s goal would be to create
a repository of sensor validation items that can become an industry
standard and available to every company in the industry.

Velodyne has more than a decade of experience in the manufacturing and
validation of lidar sensors that support the stringent safety and
reliability requirements of automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers. The
company has extensive in-house validation capabilities and a network of
external labs. It also has knowledge from millions of road miles driven
by its automotive, technology, and commercial vehicle customers.

“Companies in the autonomous space need to work together – just as
companies in the aerospace industry cooperate on safety issues – in
order to ensure the safe launch of AVs,” said Gradu. “Velodyne is
committed to fostering this industry learning experience to apply rigor
into sensor validation, especially in addressing corner cases that
present high safety risk.”

At the International VDI Conference, attendees will hear Gradu provide
an overview on advanced lidar solutions, along with a look at market
segmentation and specific requirements for lidar. Gradu will address key
considerations in lidar component testing and system validation. He will
also examine safety and standardization implications for lidar in
providing advanced driver assistance capabilities, such as Lane Keeping
Assist (LKA), Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), and Adaptive Cruise
Control (ACC).

To help conference attendees learn about driver assistance systems,
Velodyne and the International VDI Conference have posted a white
paper on driver assistance technology
on the conference website. The
paper discusses the levels of vehicular automation defined by SAE, the
advantages of lidar sensors, and how lidar enables a safety-first
approach that provides significant advances in driver assistance.

Gradu’s session, called “Advanced Safety Lidar Solutions and
Opportunities in their Testing and Validation,” takes place on February
14, from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Rilano Hotel in Munich, Germany.

Velodyne’s product portfolio meets the entire range of lidar needs for
AVs and ADAS, providing the real-time perception data that enables safe
and reliable operation. Velodyne produces both directional and
surround-view sensors with best-in-class range and resolution. The rich
computer perception data provided by these sensors allows immediate
object and free space detection for safe navigation.

About Velodyne Lidar

Velodyne provides the smartest, most powerful lidar solutions for
autonomy and driver assistance. Founded in 1983 and headquartered in San
Jose, Calif., Velodyne is known worldwide for its portfolio of
breakthrough lidar sensor technologies. In 2005, Velodyne’s Founder and
CEO, David Hall, invented real-time surround view lidar systems,
revolutionizing perception and autonomy for automotive, new mobility,
mapping, robotics, and security. Velodyne’s high-performance product
line includes a broad range of sensing solutions, including the
cost-effective Puck™, the versatile Ultra Puck™, the perfect for L4-L5
autonomy Alpha Puck™, the ADAS-optimized Velarray™, and the
groundbreaking software for driver assistance, Vella™.


Sean Dowdall
Landis Communications Inc. for Velodyne Lidar, Inc.

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