Velodyne Lidar demonstrates that advanced rider technology can improve pedestrian safety

22 March 2021

The National Safety Council reported last year that the global epidemic of COVID-19 caused overall traffic to be mileage. In the United States, the number of fatalities from car accidents increased by 8%, while it decreased by 13%. Velodyne Lidar shows that it can use rider technology to significantly improve its anti-pedestrian emergency braking (PAEB) system, saving thousands of lives annually. I did.

A new video released by Velodyne shows that rider-based PAEB solutions perform well under all circumstances and offer a decisive advantage over radar and camera-based systems. This is extremely significant, especially at night, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 80% of pedestrian fatalities occur under dark lighting conditions.

According to the shocking test results shown in Velodyne's video, the highly acclaimed PAEB system using radar and camera-based technology failed in all six night scenarios, while Velodyne PAEB solution avoided conflicts in all situations. These results are an independent study conducted by NHTSA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (AAA) to see if a PAEB system using radar and camera-based technology can adequately protect pedestrians in the dark. It supports.

Velodyne's PAEB solution is a combination of proprietary software called Velodyne and Velodyne's lidar sensor. This sensor can be easily installed in various parts of the vehicle, such as behind the windshield. Bella software interprets rider data to avoid or mitigate collisions with moving or stationary objects. With collision prediction monitoring, Bella compares the vehicle's trajectory with other road users and objects to discover and avoid imminent collision scenarios.

Velodyne shares our PAEB testing methods and results with NHTSA and other vehicle safety leaders. NHTSA is reviewing a proposal to update the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and add the functionality of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), including PAEB, to NCAP. Verodyne is in great support of NHTSA's NCAP program to keep up with evolving safety technologies and provide the information consumers have been waiting for, and NHTSA leadership has completed an evaluation of this measure. We look forward to advancing our efforts to solicit opinions.

Velodyne Lidar, CEO of Velodyne Lidar, said: “Our PAEB testing initiative clearly demonstrates that it is essential for regulators and laboratories to include nighttime situations in their PAEB evaluation protocols. ADAS, such as PAEB, have a variety of writing conditions, especially walking. Everyone, including car makers and drivers, will expect it to work effectively at night, when the most fatal accidents occur. We have Verodyne rider data and Vera processing software enabled. We believe that it is sexual, ready for introduction, and has the potential to save the lives of thousands of pedestrians annually. "

Velodyne PAEB test method

The PAEB test by Velodyne was conducted at an independent test facility at night without street lights and environmental lighting of less than 1 lux. The two vehicles under test traveled on a straight course at 30 mph. Each test vehicle turned on the low beam headlights during the test. We used stationary dummy targets as minor and adult pedestrians in accordance with the testing protocols specified by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Euro NCAP.

We evaluated six scenarios for two vehicles and tested each scenario five times or until the vehicle collided with the target three times to minimize damage to the target and vehicle. Vehicle-evaluated scenarios include adult crossing with 50% overlap (center of test vehicle width), adult crossing with 25% overlap, minor crossing with 50% overlap, and minors. 25%, adults cross 75%, minors are 10 feet behind, adults cross in the corner on the driver's side, and adults fall with 50% overlap.

Vehicles equipped with Velodyne's rider-based PAEB system (one Velarray rider sensor) succeeded in stopping at time intervals to avoid collisions in all five scenarios tested. did. Vehicles equipped with the PAEB system, which employs radar and camera-based technology, failed in all of the scenarios tested.

More information on Velodyne's PAEB test can be found in the white paper " Improvement of Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking (PAEB) in Dark Night Conditions ".

About Velodyne Lidar

Velodyne Lidar invented the real-time surround view rider sensor, bringing a new era of autonomous technology. Velodyne is the first public rider-only company and our extensive portfolio of groundbreaking rider technologies is well-established worldwide. Verodyne's revolutionary sensor and software solutions offer flexibility, quality and performance for a wide range of autonomous vehicles, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), smart cities and security. Meet the needs of the industry. By constantly pursuing innovation, Velodyne is committed to promoting secure mobility for all and transforming lives and communities. For more information, please visit .

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