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Velodyne Lidar introduces Alpha Prime lidar sensor

Velodyne Lidar, Inc. introduced Alpha Prime, the next-generation lidar sensor utilizing Velodyne’s patented surround view technology to deliver the combined highest performance specifications for the autonomous mobility industry in one sensor.

Offering a new level of power efficiency, the Alpha Prime is available now for orders and delivery.


The Alpha Prime allows vehicles to navigate in unfamiliar and dynamic settings. Its best-in-class capabilities help improve vehicle safety and enable more precise mapping. These include:

  • Field-of-view: 360-degree surround view perception and a 40-degree vertical field-of-view.

  • Performance in a wide variety of lighting conditions, including retro reflectors and sunlight mitigation.

  • Detection of dark or low reflectance objects at long distances, such as tires, dark vehicles, low reflectivity pavement and low visibility pedestrians.

  • Advanced negative obstacle perception, such as potholes and cracks in the road.

  • The highest resolution along with robust reflectivity returns from more than 4.8 million points per second, simplifying detection and tracking of vehicles, pedestrians and other obstructions.

  • High resolution and laser calibration enable the sensor to easily localize vehicles—outdoors or indoors—without a GPS, for precise positioning.

  • Improved efficiency for extended vehicle operating time within broad temperature and environmental ranges without the need for active cooling.

  • Advanced sensor-to-sensor interference mitigation.

  • Automotive mass production options from multiple sources for qualified programs.


Velodyne provides technical support for the sensor across North America, Europe, and Asia.


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