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California-based lidar company Velodyne Lidar Inc. has announced it has acquired mapping and localization software as well as intellectual property assets from Mapper.ai.

Velodyne says Mapper’s technology will enable it to accelerate the development of its Vella software which is used for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) solutions.

Dr. Nikhil Naikal, founder and CEO of Mapper, says: “Velodyne has both created the market for high-fidelity automotive lidar and established itself as the leader. We have been Velodyne customers for years and have already integrated their lidar sensors into easily deployable solutions for scalable high-definition mapping.” 

Velodyne Acquires Mapper.ai

Anand Gopalan, CTO at Velodyne, says: “The goal in the automotive market is to make transportation safer. By adding Vella software to our broad portfolio of lidar technology, Velodyne is poised to revolutionize ADAS performance and safety.”

He adds: “Expanding our team to develop Vella is a giant step towards achieving our goal of mass producing an ADAS solution that dramatically improves roadway safety. Mapper technology gives us access to some key algorithmic elements and accelerates our development timeline. Together, our sensors and software will allow powerful lidar-based safety solutions to be available on every vehicle.”

Mapper’s entire leadership and engineering teams will join Velodyne.

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