Velodyne, YellowScan Join Forces for Turnkey LiDAR System for UAVs

Silicon Valley-based Velodyne LiDAR Inc. is integrating its VLP-16 Puck and VLP-16 Puck LITE LiDAR sensors into YellowScan’s Surveyor for a turnkey LiDAR system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

By combining its LiveStation app with the real-time 3D data capture capabilities of Velodyne’s VLP-16 Puck and VLP-16 Puck LITE sensors – both of which feature a 360-degree horizontal field-of-view, 100-meter range, and weight of 830 grams and 590 grams, respectively – France-based YellowScan can deliver a turnkey Surveyor system that can be mounted to any drone for short-time data processing needs, the companies say.

The result is a real-time, in-flight LiDAR monitoring platform, through which users are able to see how a final map is being generated in real time during a drone mission. The basic map datasets are available immediately after the mission.

“YellowScan is known for its commitment to providing reliable and easy-to-use sensing solutions for the UAV industry, which make the VLP-16 Puck sensors an easy choice for the Surveyor system,” comments Erich Smidt, executive director for Europe at Velodyne LiDAR.

According to the companies, the solution is suited for applications including surveying, civil engineering, archeology and environmental science.

Tristan Allouis, chief technology officer of YellowScan, says, “YellowScan Surveyor, the turnkey LiDAR solution integrating Velodyne’s advanced VLP-16 sensor, enables mapping professionals to do more in less time, thanks to tremendously high-density and accurate measurements acquired from UAVs.”

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