DETROIT -- Alpha Puck, Velodyne Lidar's new flagship for its surround-view sensors, is capturing automotive business for the Silicon Valley company.
Velodyne says the manufacturing process — designed specifically for the new lidar system — is part of the secret of the technology's early success.
The lidar sensor, officially known as VLS-128, incorporates 128 lasers, provides real-time 3D data up to 0.1-degree vertical and horizontal resolution, has a 300-meter range and features a 360-degree surround view.
The system has surpassed other available lidar systems, based on three parameters — field of view, resolution and range, said Mircea Gradu, Velodyne senior vice president of quality and validation, speaking on the sidelines of SAE International's WCX World Congress Experience here.
Gradu said the technology is attracting interest from a long list of customers to use in Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous applications.
"They are extremely interested in the long-term production of the sensor," he told Automotive News. Some customers, which he declined to name, are already using Alpha Puck.
"The fleets are in operation," he said, referring to test vehicles from an automaker and Velodyne. "If you go into China, places in Europe and certainly the U.S., you'll see the Alpha Puck on vehicles."
The technology earned Velodyne a 2019 Automotive News PACE Award on Monday.