Velodyne, Yamaha Partner to Advance Factory Logistics

Velodyne Lidar, Inc. has announced a multi-year agreement to provide its lidar sensors to Yamaha Motor for eve autonomy, a joint venture between Yamaha Motor and Tier IV, Inc. Accordingly, eve autonomy’s autonomous goods transport service eve auto provides logistical support for factories. Hence, improving efficiency and safety.

Velodyne has already begun shipping sensors to Yamaha Motor to support an October 2022 launch of eve auto.

eve auto, an autonomous goods transport service from eve autonomy, a joint venture between Yamaha Motor and Tier IV, Inc. Photo credit: eve autonomy/Yamaha Motor

Provides Automated Solutions

Yamaha Motor is using Velodyne’s Puck lidar sensors to provide localization and navigation capabilities for their eve auto all-in-one automated conveyance service. Furthermore, Velodyne’s lidar sensors enable the small electric vehicles to navigate factory facilities autonomously.

eve auto is a full-service solution that provides customers with a quick set up that does not require any construction. In essence, they suit both indoor and outdoor applications. Thus, enabling customers to transport goods autonomously.

Yamaha Motor uses Velodyne Lidar’s Puck lidar sensor for its joint venture eve autonomy. Photo credit: eve autonomy/Yamaha Motor

eve auto has a towing capacity of 1500 kg and can navigate slopes up to 7 degrees and gaps up to 3 cm. With operational support offering fleet management and mapping services, eve auto’s subscription model provides customers access to maintenance and the latest software. Velodyne’s lidar technology enable eve auto’s autonomous capabilities. Moreover, they can connect with existing infrastructures and external systems through web API.

The Puck lidar sensor from Velodyne Lidar. Photo credit: Velodyne Lidar

“Velodyne’s versatile and high performing sensors help eve auto provide a robust automated solution for our customers,” said Takahiro Watanabe, General Manager New Business Development Division at Yamaha Motor. In addition, Watanabe said, “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, Velodyne Lidar.