MEMS and Sensors

Boston Dynamics’ robots to use lidar from Velodyne

30 June 2022
The Spot robot with attached Velodyne lidar sensor to provide perception and navigation capabilities. Source: Velodyne

Velodyne Lidar Inc. has signed a multi-year agreement to provide its lidar sensors with Boston Dynamics.

Boston Dynamics is famous for its mobile robots such as Spot, which has been used to demonstrate what is possible with mobile robotics over the past few years including working on an oil rig, pulling a truck, jumping rope and more.

The company will use Velodyne’s lidar sensors to provide perception and navigation capabilities for these mobile robots to allow these machines to operate autonomously and safely without human intervention.

The real-time 3D perception allows for:

  • Localization
  • Mapping
  • Object classification
  • Object tracking

This will help to support autonomous mobile robots in a range of indoor and outdoor environmental conditions including varying temperature, lighting and precipitation.

This will help the robots to navigate environments, safely avoid obstacles and perform tasks in a range of industries such as manufacturing plants, construction sites, distribution centers and warehouses.

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