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Why lidar technology is the way forward

2 May 2019

Dr Mircea Gradu, senior vice president for quality and validation at Velodyne LiDAR, sheds some light on the development process of an automotive-grade lidar sensor and explains the role they could play in automotive safety.

Catch Mircea’s presentation Lidar sensors for autonomous vehicles – testing and validation demand at the Autonomous Vehicle Test & Development Symposium.

What are the most important testing and validation strategies for lidar?

To begin with, we follow the well-established and commonly adopted V-diagram process. Starting on the top left side of the V, system-level requirements are defined and then refined into subsystems and component-level characteristics toward the bottom of the V. The development process then moves back up the V on the right side, with components, subsystems and systems tested and validated in an iterative, dynamic process.


In the case of ADAS, the automotive industry has already defined some relevant tests, with the SAE leading the charge. Our CEO David Hall pioneered lidar technology for automated driving more than a decade ago. Since then, the company has benefited from strong cooperation with all the major players in the field of autonomy. This has given us a unique perspective on the various challenges that come with implementing the technology in vehicles. We’ve learnt a lot from real-world customer applications and thanks to our extensive in-house testing capability, we can understand and address the corner cases essential for safe vehicle operation.

To read the full interview, click here.