YellowScan to leverage Velodyne's lightweight VLP-16 Puck LiDAR sensors for aerial Surveyor LiDAR system

Velodyne LiDAR Inc., the world provider of 3D vision systems for autonomous vehicles, has announced that it is partnering with YellowScan to integrate its VLP-16 Puck and VLP-16 Puck LITE LiDAR sensors into YellowScan´s Surveyor for a turn-key and reliable LiDAR system for demanding UAV applications, the company said.

Real-time LiDAR systems for UAVs are leveraged around the world for industrial and scientific applications, including surveying, civil engineering, archeology, and environmental science, requiring YellowScan´s ultra-compact 3D laser mapping solutions.

By combining its LiveStation app with the unbeatable real-time 3D data capture capabilities of Velodyne´s VLP-16 Puck and VLP-16 Puck LITE sensors — both of which feature a 360° horizontal field-of-view (FoV), 100-meter range, and weighing in at just 830 grams and 590 grams, respectively — YellowScan delivers a turn-key Surveyor system that can be mounted to any drone for short-time data processing needs.

The result is a real-time in-flight LiDAR monitoring platform, with users able to see how the final map is being generated in real-time during the drone mission, and the basic map datasets available immediately after the mission.

YellowScan will showcase the Surveyor LiDAR system at the Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas on October 24-26. The company will also host a standalone demo on October 27 from 10 am to 2 pm at the College of Southern Nevada in Henderson, Nevada, where participants will see what it´s like to launch and recover a UAV equipped with a YellowScan Surveyor. In addition, participants will see how the sensor covers the Area of Interest (AOI) via LiveStation and how to process the files post flight into a point cloud.

Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Silicon Valley, Velodyne is a technology company known worldwide for its real-time 3D LiDAR sensors. The company evolved after founder/inventor David Hall developed the HDL-64 Solid-State Hybrid LiDAR sensor in 2005. Since then, Velodyne LiDAR Inc. emerged as the unmatched market leader of real-time 3D vision systems used in a variety of commercial applications including autonomous vehicles, vehicle safety systems, mobile mapping, aerial mapping, and security.

Its products range from the high-performance, surround view Ultra-Puckâ„¢ VLP-32, classic HDL-32/64 and cost-effective VLP-16, to the upcoming, hidden Velarrayâ„¢. Velodyne´s rich suite of perception software and algorithms are the key enablers of its perception systems. Velodyne supports customers from offices in San Jose, Detroit, Frankfurt, and Beijing. For more information, visit http://www.velodynelidar.com.

YellowScan designs, develops, and produces UAV Mapping solutions for professional applications. Fully integrated, ultra-light and easy to use, these highly automated data collection tools are used by customers around the world in fields such as surveying, forestry, environmental research, archeology, corridor mapping, civil engineering and mining.