July 1, 2021
Lidar sensor maker Ouster has announced it has partnered with Danfoss Power Solutions to accelerate the adoption of Ouster’s digital lidar sensors and provide turnkey implementation for end users. Danfoss provides mobile hydraulic and electrification products and solutions for construction, agriculture and other on-highway and off-highway vehicle markets, supporting OEM customers and distribution partners.
Ouster’s sensors will be the first lidar hardware to be offered through Danfoss’s PLUS+1 Partner Program, which is engineered to expedite the development process and bring higher quality machines to market faster, the companies said. The integration is intended for remote machine management, operator assistance, row following, obstacle avoidance, and task automation.
“We are excited to bring such a great partner and technology onto our PLUS+1 Platform,” said Peter Bleday, head of autonomous vehicles at Danfoss Power Solutions. “This partnership will enable our customers to quickly and easily integrate Ouster lidar into their systems, improving our customers’ time to market and increasing their ability to incorporate operator assist and autonomous solutions into their machines.”
The program is a select group of companies with complementary products, such as microcontrollers, joysticks, hydraulic pumps, and radar sensors, which can integrate into PLUS+1 systems the same way all Danfoss hardware components do, the company said. Ouster’s OS sensors will be a part of the PLUS+1 Autonomy offering, including the new XM100 Autonomous Controller and PLUS+1 Autonomous Control Library (ACL). Ouster’s compliance block is expected to be released in Q4 2021, with a beta version available now for select customers.
“Ouster is excited to partner with Danfoss as we seek to enable greater levels of autonomy across the industrialized economy with our digital lidar,” said Nate Dickerman, president of field operations at Ouster. “The Danfoss PLUS+1 Platform’s control interface makes it easy for OEMs and other customers to adopt our sensors on robotic machinery, whether it be indoor warehouse robots or autonomous tractors in the field. We expect the offering to reduce integration time and the end application’s time to market.”