Velodyne LiDAR for Aerial Mapping

Demand for 3-D scanning technology keeps rising in vehicle safety, aerial mapping, and security, but not all options can strike the perfect balance between reliability and affordability. Many systems can be large, just as heavy, and expensive to implement on a massive scale. These roadblocks did not fit LiDAR USA’s plan. As an economical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and mobile mapping business, LiDAR USA was looking for a small, high-quality, and affordable mobile system to fit its needs. Enter Velodyne LiDAR.

In 2010, LiDAR USA transitioned from a business specializing in photogrammetric aerial triangulation and surveying to a manufacturer of mobile LiDAR systems using the Velodyne HDL-32E as its central scanning device. Since then, LiDAR USA has not looked back.

“When first starting LiDAR USA, my son and I were exploring a number of opportunities around mapping technologies. After much searching, we stumbled upon Velodyne,” says Jeff Fagerman, chief executive officer of LiDAR USA. “By continuing to deliver even smaller, lighter, and affordable scanners, Velodyne remains our vendor of choice for our aerial mapping solutions. We can’t wait to see where our collaboration takes us next.”

By 2012, Velodyne’s HDL-32E was fully united with LiDAR USA’s ScanLook Revolution. Today, LiDAR USA is using a variety of products from Velodyne including the Puck™ and Ultra Puck™ for 3-D mapping accident scenes, quarries, agriculture, forestry, and more. To date, Velodyne’s sensors have been installed in thousands of applications around the world, traveling millions of real-world miles and continuing to solve real-world problems.

At AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018, booth #712, Velodyne and LiDAR USA will showcase their ongoing collaboration in the UAV industry by demonstrating innovative and efficient mapping applications at an affordable price. For example, the two companies will spotlight the all-electric LiDAR helicopter Velos UAV, which offers an affordable UAV solution with an hour of flight time, vertical take-off and landing advantages, and can lift up to 10 kilogram payloads for transport, if necessary. This enables drone pilots to fly with a state-of-the-art LiDAR sensor that performs better on demanding mapping missions to save time, reduce operating costs, and increase quality of the work.

“The Velos UAV is one of the safest UAV helicopters ever made and offers very high levels of stability for accomplishing the most demanding scenarios,” says Frank Bertini, UAV and robotics business manager at Velodyne. “This UAV helicopter is just one of the many examples of our work with LiDAR USA and we are excited to see how else our collaboration shapes the aerial mapping industry.”

To see Velodyne and LiDAR USA’s aerial mapping solutions in action, stop by booth #712 at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver from April 30 – May 3.