Accelerating LiDAR innovations for autonomous driving: dSPACE joins Velodyne partner programme

15 September 2020

dSPACE & Velodyne Lidar have entered into a partnership to accelerate future developments of LiDAR technologies for autonomous driving_580x280

Specialist in simulation & validation for automotive, dSPACE has entered into a partnership with LiDAR technology company, Velodyne Lidar to accelerate future developments of LiDAR technologies for autonomous driving, with dSPACE joining Velodyne's ‘Automated with Velodyne’ partner programme.

The ‘Automated with Velodyne’ programme aims to accelerate ecosystem interactions and rapidly integrate LiDAR innovations into a range of autonomous solutions, including autonomous driving. Participation in the programme gives dSPACE the opportunity to emulate new laser sensors from Velodyne into simulation solutions at an early development stage. Moreover, dSPACE will develop simulation models for testing and validation, and provide the sensor simulation environment for validating camera, LiDAR and radar sensors throughout the development process – accelerating customers’ development projects.

The dSPACE simulation solution generates point clouds in real time to simulate objects. The simulation models help determine the most effective positioning of the sensor on the vehicle (sweet spot), as well as the sensor limits (corner cases). Through the partnership programme, Velodyne’s customers can seamlessly integrate sensor models from dSPACE into their development activities.

The earlier in the development process that validation can be achieved, the faster new functions for autonomous driving can be safely launched by our customers. The cooperation with Velodyne contributes to this process significantly,” said Caius Seiger, Product Manager for Sensor Simulation at dSPACE.

Velodyne, a pioneer in 3D LiDAR systems headquartered in Silicon Valley, has attracted internationally-leading technology companies to its ‘Automated with Velodyne’ program. These companies use LiDAR technology in various areas – from automotive and aerospace to industrial automation.

The simulation accuracy provided by dSPACE is remarkably close to reality, and our customers will appreciate the efficiency these Velodyne simulation models will offer them,” said Jon Barad, Vice President of Business Development at Velodyne. “This capability can effectively support the entire automotive industry in advancing the development of robust and safe ADAS (advanced driver-assistance systems) and AV (autonomous vehicle) applications.

dSPACE offers an end-to-end solution for data-driven development that enables consistent processing – from data acquisition, data annotation and measurement-data-based scenario generation via sensor simulation, to highly scalable, scenario-based tests in the cloud.

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