Velodyne Lidar Sensors Energy Emesent’s Hovermap – Drones Information
Velodyne Lidar, Inc. announced that Emesent’s newly launched Autonomy Level 2 (AL2) technology for Hovermap uses Velodyne Lidar sensors to provide real-time perception and high quality, accurate 3D data. Hovermap is a plug-and-play mapping and autonomy payload for industrial drones that enables autonomous flight in areas out of line of sight (BVLOS) and without GPS connectivity.
AL2 technology uses Velodyne’s Puck LITE lidar as the primary perception and mapping sensor. This enables autonomous exploration, navigation and lidar mapping in challenging inaccessible environments such as mines, construction, telecommunications infrastructure and disaster protection environments. As part of Emesent’s SLAM-based autonomy stack (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping), AL2 enables drones to fly beyond the communication range, navigate themselves and avoid obstacles such as thin wires and branches.
AL2 can be operated from takeoff to landing by setting smart waypoints on a live 3D map that is streamed to a tablet. This enables the operator to keep a safe distance from dangerous environments such as brows, stop edges, narrow spaces and heights. The extensive data of the Puck LITE sensor enables companies to gain better insight into the safety of mines and other environments.
“Due to its compact size, light weight and performance, the Velodyne Puck LITE is simply a sensational sensor for creating drone-based mapping and autonomy solutions – everything is crucial for drone systems,” said Dr. Stefan Hrabar, CEO of Emesent. “The sensor has been an integral part of the development of breakthrough technologies that can retrieve vital data in challenging environments in real time without compromising machine or operator safety.”
Emesent is a partner of Automated with Velodyne, which is at the forefront of autonomy for GPS-denied drones. The company recently ranked fourth in the urban cycle of the DARPA Subterranean (“SubT”) Challenge with the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
“Her innovative use of Velodyne’s lidar sensors is helping to deliver valuable data and insights that were previously inaccessible,” said Jon Barad, vice president of business development for Velodyne Lidar. “In addition to what they currently offer to the mining, infrastructure, surveying and mapping industries, it is exciting to consider how this innovation will help usher in a new era of autonomous drone operations in a variety of other industries.”
In the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) currently has restrictions on drones that fly out of sight. Emesent’s technological innovation could potentially usher in a new era of safe, autonomous drone flight – not just in mines, but everywhere.
Velodyne Puck LITE sensors provide a high-resolution image for measuring and analyzing indoor and outdoor environments. The Puck LITE is designed for applications that require a sensor that is lightweight and compact in size. It offers excellent resolution and performance for mobile applications and UAV / drone applications. It offers a full 360-degree environment view for real-time 3D data delivery.
About Velodyne Lidar
Velodyne offers intelligent, high-performance lidar solutions for autonomy and driver assistance. Velodyne is headquartered in San Jose, California and is known worldwide for its portfolio of breakthrough lidar sensor technologies. Velodyne’s founder, David Hall, invented real-time surround view lidar systems in 2005 as part of Velodyne Acoustics. Mr. Hall’s invention revolutionized perception and autonomy for the automotive industry, new mobility, mapping, robotics and security. Velodyne’s high-performance product line includes a wide range of sensor solutions, including the low-cost Puck ™, the versatile Ultra Puck ™, the autonomous Alpha Prime ™, the ADAS-optimized Velarray ™, and the groundbreaking driver support software, Vella ™.
Emesent is a leading global provider of drone autonomy, lidar mapping and data analysis. Emesent was founded in 2018 and has since earned a reputation for providing high quality data collection in the areas of mining, infrastructure, surveying and mapping. Their flagship, Hovermap, is an intelligent mobile scanning unit that combines advanced collision avoidance and autonomous flight technologies to map dangerous and GPS-denied environments. Hovermap is uniquely versatile and can be assembled by hand, drone or vehicle to map challenging, inaccessible areas. With a variety of applications, Hovermap is used by customers around the world.