Our Newest Most Advanced Sensor

Velodyne's new PUCK (VLP-16) sensor is the smallest, newest, and most advanced product in Velodyne's 3D LIDAR product range. Vastly more cost-effective than similarly priced sensors, and developed with mass production in mind, it retains the key features of Velodyne's breakthroughs in LIDAR: Real-time, 360°, 3D distance and calibrated reflectivity measurements.

  • Dual Returns

  • 830 grams

  • 16 Channels

  • 100m Range

  • Up to 600,000 Points per Second

  • 360° Horizontal FOV

  • ± 15° Vertical FOV

  • Low Power Consumption

  • Protective Design

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3D - Real-Time - LIDAR

Key Applications

User Data Examples

Data provided by Phoenix Aerial Systems.

Data provided by XactSense.

Data provided by Real Earth.

In Action

Vehicle Localization

Single VLP16 (Velodyne 16) is being used for map based localization in fusion with IMU/Wheel-Encoder and prior 3D map (build using pose graph SLAM). A step towards low-cost localization.

UAV LIDAR Mapping System

This video is an overview of the Phoenix Aerial AL3-16 LIDAR Mapping system. In this video, a DJI S1000 is used and for the demonstration, we flew over an over an open pit. You'll see how LIDAR can pick up points underneath vegetation vs Photogrammetry will only map tree canopy.

UAV Airborne Laser Scanning

First experiment with the Velodyne VLP-16 LIDAR 'Puck' mounted on a brushless gimbal on a Devourer X8 heavy-lift multi-rotor UAV.


VLP-16 Data Sheet

VLP-16 Manual

Interface Box Manual
(VLP-16 & HDL-32E)

VLP-16 Angular
Correction File

VLP-16 Envelope Drawing
(2D PDF)

VLP-16 Envelope CAD
(3D File)

VLP-16 Wiring Diagram

Interface Box Models

VLP-16 Firmware
(Most recent version:

VLP-16 Firmware
Release Notes

VLP-16 Photos

Interface Box Lid Models