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Vella Development Kit

Cutting-edge perception software

  • Fast track full-stack autonomous system innovation
  • Seamless integration with Velodyne Lidar sensors
  • Plug and play, end-to-end solution with a library of software functions
  • Deploy Lidar with ease and efficiency, enabling teams of all sizes to hit the ground running
  • Optimized for indoor and outdoor settings, including roadways, warehouses and sidewalks.
  • Runs on ROS 

Showcase of 3D Object Classification

Vella Development Kit (VDK) provides access to Velodyne Lidar’s breakthrough lidar-based perception software, paired with Velodyne’s world-class sensors. VDK demonstrates velodyne’s software capibilities, allowing customers to plug in Velodyne’s lidar with an off-the-shelf library of functions, advancing solution development for ever-evolving applications, and accelerating time to market. With VDK, innovate the future.

Experience Velodyne’s software capabilities

Develop with Velodyne’s world-class sensors

Advance solution innovation

We have the Vella up and running! Please contact us for a demonstration. We can also run it on any data from Velodyne sensors that you might have.

Operational Design Domains

VDK is capable of functioning across multiple operational design domains (ODD), initially available for urban and highway roadway ODDs with future applications in warehouse and sidewalk environments.


3D Object Perception

Detect, classify and track dynamic and static objects

Velocity Measurement

Obtain velocity measurements of tracked objects to support prediction tasks and path planning, find obstacles, and avoid collisions

Scene Segmentation

Per-point labeling to partition the scene into drivable and non-drivable regions

Obstacle & Free Space Detection

Enables path planning around generic obstacles in 3D space

Lidar Extrinsic Calibration

Cloud-based process that estimates the pose of the lidar in the vehicles coordinate frame

Use Case

Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking (PAEB) Nighttime Testing

This video showcases how velodyne’s affordable lidar-based Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking (PAEB) solution delivers superior performance in all conditions, a decisive advantage over radar+camera-based systems. This is especially critical at night with the national highway traffic safety administration (NHTSA) reporting 80 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur during dark lighting conditions.