Velodyne LiDAR to Provide HDL-32E Sensor for Bing Maps Imagery

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MORGAN HILL, Calif., October 28, 2014 — Velodyne (http://www.velodynelidar.com) announced today that its compact, mobile-mapping LiDAR sensor will be used to capture imagery for Bing Maps Streetside experience.

Velodyne’s HDL-32E LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) real-time sensor will be incorporated on Bing Maps vehicles to help locate license plates for blurring and identify street signs. Velodyne is recognized worldwide for developing high-definition LiDAR sensors for 3D mapping and surveying, autonomous vehicle applications and UAV deployments, among others.

“The Bing Streetside experience offers a seamless and dynamic way to experience mapping,” said Wolfgang Walcher, Group Program Manager, Microsoft. “We are excited about our work with Velodyne to continue to deliver a more natural way for Bing Maps users to explore the planet.”

“Microsoft’s approach demonstrates just how powerful an application mobile mapping can be,” said Wolfgang Juchmann, Director of Sales & Marketing, Velodyne LiDAR. “Creating a truly useful 3D model of the environment is a significant undertaking, and Velodyne’s collaboration with Microsoft’s Bing Maps team represents a new benchmark in mobile mapping.”

About Velodyne LiDAR 
Founded in 1983 and based in California’s Silicon Valley, Velodyne Acoustics, Inc. is a diversified technology company known worldwide for its high-performance audio equipment and real-time LiDAR sensors. The company’s LiDAR division evolved after founder and inventor David Hall competed in the 2004-05 DARPA Grand Challenge using stereovision technology. Based on his experience during this challenge, Hall recognized the limitations of stereovision and developed the HDL64 high-resolution LiDAR sensor. More recently, Velodyne has released its smaller, lightweight HDL 32E sensor, available for many applications including UAVs. Since 2007, Velodyne’s LiDAR division has emerged as a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of real-time LiDAR sensor technology used in a variety of commercial applications including autonomous vehicles, vehicle safety systems, 3D mobile mapping, 3D aerial mapping and security. For more information, visit www.velodynelidar.com. For the latest information on new products and to receive Velodyne’s newsletter, register here.

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SPAR 3D Editor Sean Higgins produces SPAR 3D's weekly newsletters for 3D-scanning professionals, and spar3d.com. Sean has previously worked as a technical writer, a researcher, a freelance technology writer, and an editor for various arts publications. He has degrees from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where he studied the history of sound-recording technologies. Sean is a native of Maine and lives in Portland.

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