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Velodyne, QinetiQ North America Showcase VLP-16 LiDAR Puck on TALON Robot

The robot and LiDAR sensor will be demonstrated at RoboBusiness from October 15 to 17 in Boston.

At the upcoming RoboBusiness conference in Boston, Velodyne LiDAR and QinetiQ are teaming up to demonstrate the VLP-16 LiDAR puck.

The VLP-16 will be on the TALON robot, which is known for its resilience in military, law enforcement and first responder applications. Initially launched in 2000, it is able to climb stairs, negotiate rock piles, overcome concertina wire and plow through snow.

The VLP-16’s specifications include a range of more than 100 meters, with a target range of 150-200 meters. The unit has a power consumption of less than 10W and weighs about 600 grams. It provides 16 channels, approximately 300,000 points/sec and a 360 degree horizontal field of view.

“Around the world, TALON military robots have earned a reputation for durability, reliability and flexibility when protecting personnel by remotely dealing with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other hazards—attributes that are precisely what we had in mind when we developed the Puck,” said Wolfgang Juchmann,  director of Sales and Marketing, Velodyne LiDAR.  “The TALON is an ideal platform on which to put the VLP-16 through its paces and demonstrate, in a very powerful way, how far LiDAR technology has advanced.”

For more information, visit Velodyne and QinetiQ.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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