Waymo Will Sell Its Short-Range Lidar, Challenging Industry Leader Velodyne
In one fell swoop, Waymo places itself at the head of pack of challengers to the industry leader
Waymo said yesterday that it will sell its short-range lidar to companies that won’t use the laser-based sensor in order to compete with its robotaxi service. As most auto companies are in fact focusing on that service, most of the initial sales will be to non-automotive companies, like those that make forklifts or industrial robots.
One point is to raise production volumes, thus lowering the unit cost to Waymo itself. Another point is to shoulder aside Velodyne, the leading supplier of lidar, as well as the 60-plus startups that are