Velodyne LiDAR Partnering With Unmanned Solution Of South Korea On Autonomous Vehicle Testing

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The prominent LiDAR developer and manufacturer Velodyne LiDAR has come to terms with Unmanned Solution of South Korea to partner on the testing and development self-driving vehicles and tech, according to a new press release.

The new partnership will see a variety of Velodyne’s advanced LiDAR sensor tech put to the test as part of Unmanned Solution of South Korea’s (UMS’) extensive self-driving vehicle development program.

Velodyne LiDAR’s Asia Regional Director, Wei Weng, commented on the news: “With its focus on the proliferation of autonomous technology across work and everyday life, including educational platforms that train tomorrow’s engineers, UMS is helping to bring about a revolution in how people interact with technology. We’re proud to have Velodyne LiDAR sensors as the eyes of UMS’ development program, giving their platforms the 360-degree view needed for safe and reliable operation.”

The press release provides more: “UMS’ autonomous program represents a broad spectrum of activities, including on-road vehicles, agricultural equipment, robots, and autonomous systems integration, as well as the development of an instructional platform for educational programs serving students studying autonomous and robotics technology. The company has deployed over 100 autonomous vehicles in South Korea thus far with more planned, all outfitted with varying combinations of Velodyne’s VLP-16, HDL-32, and HDL-64 LiDAR sensors. With its growing test fleet, UMS is working to develop car control and sensor fusion technologies for safety systems and autonomous vehicles that will usher in new levels of road safety.”

Yet more news showing that Velodyne is seemingly still the top LiDAR supplier out there — that’s a situation that could change relatively fast, though, if any of the new startups claiming to possess a superior product manage to commercialize at a nice price point.

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