Velodyne Lidar acquires AI software program firm Bluecity


Velodyne Lidar has acquired Bluecity, a Montreal-based synthetic intelligence (AI) software program firm, in an all-stock transaction. The addition of Bluecity is anticipated to be immaterial to working bills and money utilization. Bluecity’s govt, software program growth and gross sales groups will be a part of Velodyne.

Velodyne and Bluecity have been partnering for a few years to ship lidar-based options for sensible metropolis purposes. Velodyne’s Clever Infrastructure Resolution (IIS) combines the corporate’s award-winning lidar sensors and Bluecity’s AI software program.

IIS delivers visitors monitoring and analytics to enhance highway security and effectivity, and helps cities plan for smarter, greener transportation programs. The answer is deployed throughout 4 continents with 74 installations, together with programs rolled out domestically in California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, Maryland, Texas, Nevada and Michigan and internationally in Canada, China, UAE, India, Finland, Germany and Australia.


Velodyne Lidar and Bluecity Clever Infrastructure Resolution put in in San Jose, California

Velodyne will proceed to broaden its Clever Infrastructure Resolution’s capabilities, together with monitoring flows of individuals and autos to create a variety of latest full-stack infrastructure options for purposes comparable to parking, retail, casinos and stadiums.

Based on Yole Intelligence, a part of Yole Group, the sensible infrastructure marketplace for lidar will develop from $108M in 2021 to $1.1B in 2027. To serve these rising markets, Velodyne will combine Bluecity’s AI and analytics software program, delivered in a Software program as a Service (SaaS) mannequin, with Velodyne’s Vella lidar notion software program. This integration will facilitate the creation of latest Velodyne lidar-based software program options for industrial, robotics and clever infrastructure, enabling the acceleration of consumers’ time to market with autonomous imaginative and prescient programs for these markets.

Vella software program interprets lidar knowledge into actionable data in order that autonomous programs can observe and perceive the environments they’re working in. Vella’s real-time knowledge permits autonomous programs to make selections and take motion, comparable to a robotic or automobile shifting safely, and supply analytics, for instance a visitors answer serving to communities perceive root causes of near-miss collisions, purple gentle operating and different highway person conduct.


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