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Velodyne snaps Mapper.ai, push for integrated lidar

Light detection and ranging, or lidar as it is more commonly known, is seen by many to be utterly central to the future of autonomous vehicles. There are a couple of known holdouts in that regard, with Tesla adamant that a camera-based system will be sufficient, and Intel’s Mobileye wing in a similar position, but lidar startups netted a lot of investment as the automotive industry looked to solve the machine-vision problem. Velodyne is not one of these startups, having been founded in 1983, and is something of a leader – being used in many of the self-driving car projects. Waymo is perhaps its biggest rival, having developed its own approach, but smaller rivals include Valeo, Aptiv, and Luminar. To…

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