Velodyne Puck VLP-16

Velodyne’s PUCK™ VLP-16 sensor is the smallest, newest and most advanced production 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.

The VLP-16 has a range of 100m, and the sensor’s low power consumption (~8W), light weight (500 gram or 830 gram options available), compact footprint (~Ø103mm x 72mm), and dual return capability make it ideal for UAVs and other mobile applications.

Velodyne’s LiDAR Puck supports 16 channels, ~300,000 points/sec, a 360° horizontal field of view and a 30° vertical field of view, with /- 15° up and down. The Velodyne LiDAR Puck does not have visible rotating parts, making it highly resilient in challenging environments (Rated IP67).

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  • Dual Returns
  • 830 grams (500 grams available)
  • 16 Channels
  • 100m Range
  • 300,000 Points per Second
  • 360 Horizontal FOV
  • ± 15° Vertical FOV
  • Low Power Consumption
  • Protective Design


  • Automotive
  • Mapping
  • Robotics
  • UAV
  • Security
  • Automation


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.


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



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VLP-16 Puck Data Sheet