SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Whereas general driving was down 13 % in miles pushed final 12 months as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, motorcar deaths had been up 8 % in the US, reported the National Safety Council. Velodyne Lidar, Inc. (Nasdaq: VLDR, VLDRW) at this time confirmed how with lidar expertise, Pedestrian Automated Emergency Braking (PAEB) techniques could be considerably improved, with the potential to save lots of hundreds of lives yearly.
Velodyne launched a brand new video that showcases how its reasonably priced lidar-based PAEB answer delivers superior efficiency in all circumstances, a decisive benefit over radar+camera-based techniques. That is particularly important at evening with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reporting 80 % of pedestrian fatalities happen throughout darkish lighting circumstances.
The Velodyne video presents putting check outcomes the place a highly-rated PAEB system utilizing radar+camera-based expertise failed in all six nighttime situations whereas the Velodyne PAEB answer prevented a crash in each state of affairs. These outcomes help unbiased testing by NHTSA and the American Vehicle Affiliation (AAA) to substantiate whether or not PAEB techniques which use radar+camera-based expertise adequately defend pedestrians in darkish circumstances.
The Velodyne PAEB answer combines proprietary software program, known as Vella, with Velodyne’s lidar sensors. The sensors could be simply embedded in a wide range of locations round a automobile, together with behind the windshield. Vella software program interprets lidar knowledge to keep away from and mitigate crashes with transferring and static objects. By means of predictive collision monitoring, Vella compares a automobile’s trajectory with different street customers and objects to determine and keep away from imminent crash situations.
Velodyne is sharing the corporate’s PAEB check methodology and findings with NHTSA and different auto security leaders. NHTSA has a pending proposal to replace its New Automotive Evaluation Program (NCAP), including superior driver help system (ADAS) capabilities, together with PAEB, to the NCAP. Velodyne may be very supportive of NHTSA’s NCAP plan to maintain tempo with evolving security applied sciences and offering much-needed info to customers, and appears ahead to NHTSA management finishing the evaluation of this measure and transferring forward with its request for remark.
“Our PAEB testing initiative clearly demonstrates the crucial for regulatory companies and testing organizations to incorporate nighttime circumstances of their PAEB evaluation protocols,” stated Anand Gopalan, CEO, Velodyne Lidar. “Everybody, significantly automakers and drivers will count on that ADAS, resembling PAEB, carry out successfully in all kinds of lighting conditions, significantly at evening when probably the most pedestrian fatalities happen. We imagine Velodyne’s lidar knowledge and Vella processing software program have proven to be efficient and prepared for implementation, with the potential to save lots of the lives of hundreds of pedestrians yearly.”
Velodyne PAEB Testing Methodology
The Velodyne PAEB assessments had been performed at nighttime, with out streetlights, at lower than 1 lux ambient lighting in an unbiased testing facility. The 2 autos within the check had been driving at 30 mph on a straight monitor. The check autos every had their low beam headlights on in the course of the trials. Stationary youngster and grownup pedestrian dummy targets had been used, appropriate with testing protocols prescribed by Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS) and Euro NCAP.
Six situations had been evaluated with each autos examined in every situation 5 instances or till the automobile collided with the goal thrice, to reduce harm to the targets and autos. The situations wherein autos had been evaluated had been crossing grownup at 50 % overlap (on the heart of the check automobile’s width); crossing grownup at 25 % overlap; crossing youngster at 50 % overlap; crossing youngster at 25 %, grownup at 75 %, 10 toes behind youngster; crossing grownup at driver-side nook and fallen grownup at 50 % overlap.
The automobile with Velodyne’s lidar-based PAEB system, outfitted with one Velarray lidar sensor, efficiently stopped in time to keep away from a crash 5 out of 5 instances for each situation examined. The automobile outfitted with a PAEB system utilizing radar+camera-based expertise failed in each situation examined.
Further particulars on the Velodyne PAEB testing could be present in a white paper, known as “Improving Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking (PAEB) in Dark, Nighttime Conditions.”
About Velodyne Lidar
Velodyne Lidar (Nasdaq: VLDR, VLDRW) ushered in a brand new period of autonomous expertise with the invention of real-time encompass view lidar sensors. Velodyne is the primary public pure-play lidar firm and is understood worldwide for its broad portfolio of breakthrough lidar applied sciences. Velodyne’s revolutionary sensor and software program options present flexibility, high quality and efficiency to satisfy the wants of a variety of industries, together with autonomous autos, superior driver help techniques (ADAS), robotics, unmanned aerial autos (UAV), sensible cities and safety. By means of steady innovation, Velodyne strives to rework lives and communities by advancing safer mobility for all. For extra info, go to www.velodynelidar.com.
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