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Velodyne, Yamaha Motor Ink Multi-Year Deal to Advance Factory Logistics

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October 11, 2022

Velodyne Lidar has announced a multi-year agreement with Yamaha Motor to provide its lidar sensors for eve autonomy, a joint venture between Yamaha Motor and Tier IV, inc. The eve autonomy’s autonomous good transport service provides logistical support for factories to improve efficiency and safety. Velodyne said it has already begun shipping sensors to Yamaha Motor to support an October 2022 launch of eve auto.

Yamaha Motor will use Velodyne’s Puck lidar sensors to provide localization and navigation capabilities for the all-in-one automated conveyance service, with sensors enabling the small electric vehicles to navigate factory facilities autonomously.

Eve auto is a full-service solution that gives customers a quick setup that does not require any construction. Built for indoor and outdoor applications that let customers transport goods autonomously, eve auto has a towing capacity of 1,500 kg (about 3,300 lbs.), and can navigate slopes up to 7 degrees and gaps up to 3 cm. The subscription model for eve autonomy also includes operational support with fleet management and mapping services, giving customers access to maintenance and the latest software. The autonomous capabilities can also be connected to existing infrastructures and external systems through web-based application programming interfaces (APIs).

“Velodyne’s versatile and high performing sensors help eve auto provide a robust automated solution for our customers,” said Takahiro Watanabe, general manager of new business development at Yamaha Motor. “Velodyne’s lidar technology delivers the range, accuracy and resolution needed for our solution to navigate complex indoor and outdoor factory settings.”

“Yamaha Motor’s eve auto is transforming the factory logistics industry by offering a complete package solution of autonomous transport,” said Laura Wrisley, senior vice president, worldwide sales at Velodyne Lidar. “Equipped with Velodyne’s Puck lidar sensors, eve auto is a user-friendly service that can significantly reduce the barrier of entry for companies wanting autonomous transport solutions to improve efficiency and factory safety.”

For more details on Velodyne and its offerings, visit its website here.

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