Velodyne Lidar Launches Software Development Kit

Velodyne Lidar, Inc. has unveiled a new software development kit that enables customers to use Velodyne’s Vella lidar perception software in their stand-alone solutions. The Vella Development Kit (VDK) helps organizations reduce the time and effort required to integrate 3D lidar sensors into applications.

The Vella processing features included in VDK translate raw point cloud data into richer, more descriptive information in real time. The company claims that these higher-level perception outputs, such as object classification, speed measurement, semantic scene segmentation, and obstacle detection, can be directly used by developers of unconscious autonomous systems. nor in-depth expertise in lidar processing.

Backed by machine learning algorithms trained on datasets built by Velodyne, Vella’s perception capabilities today enable autonomous mobility in a wide range of operational design areas, such as urban roads, highways, sidewalks and warehouses. VDK was developed with input from automotive manufacturers, application developers, and the Automated with Velodyne ecosystem.

VDK is designed to take advantage of the latest Velarray H800 and Velarray M1600 solid-state lidar sensors from Velodyne, with support for additional sensors added with each release. Customers with an active maintenance subscription will have access to every future version of VDK, which will continue to be updated with the latest hardware support and processing features that Vella has to offer.

The kit can be applied to autonomous vehicles, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), mobile delivery devices, industrial robotics, drones, etc. Image: Velodyne Lidar.

“The Vella development kit supports customers through the lifecycle of developing stand-alone solutions, from testing and evaluating sensors to creating initial proofs of concept and demonstrating complete applications,” said said Vishal Jain, vice president of software engineering, Velodyne Lidar. “VDK enables developers and integrators to see the world differently by connecting them to the full range of robust perception capabilities provided by Vella.

“They also have constant access to all the latest innovations that result from Velodyne’s continued leadership in the deployment of lidar solutions around the world. VDK demonstrates Velodyne’s prowess in delivering breakthrough sensors and software that enable businesses to create stand-alone solutions that transform lives through the advancement of safer mobility ”.

Velodyne plans to expand the Vella development kit offering in the near future with two additional versions: VDK Lite and VDK Enterprise. VDK Lite will offer a smaller set of the most essential processing functionality at a lower price, while VDK Enterprise will provide a range of design customization, new feature development and support services.

The Vella development kit currently includes one year of support and software updates, with the option of ongoing maintenance, with access to software versions and additional services.

You can find more information about Velodyne Lidar and its new SDK on its website.

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