AutonomouStuff December 2020 News
Enabling the future of autonomy.

AutonomouStuff leads the industry in enabling, accelerating and deploying the future of autonomy.

Our team works hard to remain at the forefront of technology in this fast-paced, ever-changing industry, with one main goal: help our customers succeed.

Communication is a vital component of that goal, so each month we share what's new and the success of our partnerships.

In this issue:

  • Letter from Chief Autonomous Officer Bobby Hambrick

  • Valeo SCALA 3D laser scanners and ultrasonic sensors

What's happening at AS?
  • Giving back in style: Movember
  • Meet the team: Travis Watson
  • AutonomouStuff culture

  • Free webinar: Smart Autonomous Mobility Empowers an Autonomous Future
  • Free webinar: Autonomy for Off-Road Applications
  • Webinar on demand: Velodyne Velarray H800 lidar for ADAS and autonomy
  • Upcoming events
Letter from Chief Autonomous Officer Bobby Hambrick
As the founder of AutonomouStuff and the Chief Autonomous Officer of Hexagon's Autonomy and Positioning division, I am honored to take part in one of the most invigorating challenges undertaken by mankind. It's also incredibly humbling to witness firsthand the scale of the task and the ingenuity unleashed to solve it. 
If there was one thing that we learned in 2020, it’s that unpredictable circumstances can change our way of life in unprecedented ways. Needless to say, people and companies around the world are struggling. Unfortunately, the struggle will continue well into 2021. Companies that are still thriving have a culture that accepts change and are driven to create forward progress for a better future.
Fortunately, Hexagon's Autonomy and Positioning division has fared well through these challenging times. We had to make insanely tough choices and, in some cases, significantly modify the way we do business. This is what allowed our continued success.

Read the rest of Bobby's insights on 2020 and some words of wisdom in his blog post.
New products: Valeo SCALA 3D laser scanners and ultrasonic sensors
Valeo designs innovative solutions for smart mobility, including automotive-grade lidar available today and ultrasonic sensor kits produced in volume for applications deployed across entire fleets.

The Valeo SCALA 3D laser scanners are plug-and-play kits developed with an interface that allows easy conversion of lidar data to point cloud output. Ultrasonic sensor kits are now CAN-based and available in larger volumes.

This technology is a key enabler of ADAS and highly automated driving thanks to its unique combination of a large detection range, wide field of view and accuracy.
SCALA 3D laser scanner gen. 1

  • Horizontal Field-of-View of 145°
  • Vertical Field-of-View of 3.2°
  • Horizontal Resolution of 0.25°
  • 4 Vertical Layers of 0.8° each
  • 25 Hz scan rate
  • Typical Range 200m @ 80%
  • BroadR-Reach for vehicle data and Ethernet interface
  • Automotive grade, installed in series vehicles, in production hardware
SCALA 3D laser scanner gen. 2

  • Horizontal field-of-view of 133°
  • Vertical field-of-view of 10°
  • Horizontal resolution of 0.125 to 0.25°
  • 16 vertical layers of 0.6° each
  • 25 Hz scan rate
  • Typical range 200m @ 80%
  • Ethernet interface for point cloud data
Ultrasonic sensor system

  • Up to 4.1m measurement range
  • Near range measurement: 10–45cm
  • Automotive grade, installed in series vehicles, in production hardware
  • HP-Sensor can be used for systems up to ASIL B requirements (HP sensor developed ASIL B compliant)
  • Enhanced diagnosis capabilities (improved ice and mud detection)
Check out our Valeo product pages for datasheets with comprehensive specification tables. To learn more about ultrasonic kits for larger volume projects, contact our sales team.
Giving back in style: Movember
Thanks to some awesome upper lips, ambitious movement goals and the willingness of friends, family and colleagues to support a worthwhile cause, Movember 2020 was a huge success.

Even without the opportunity to gather for the annual soup and chilli cook-off in AutonomouStuff's Morton headquarters, Team AutonoMustache blew past last year's total and together with Team MovAtel raised more than $15,000 for men's health.

You can still check out the day-by-day progress on the team's Movember page.
Meet the team: Travis Watson
Travis Watson recently joined the AutonomouStuff team as an Integration Tech at the Morton headquarters, bringing with him experience in custom car builds and a desire to work on challenging autonomous vehicle applications.

"I grew up building old hot rods with my dad, having many custom projects of my own, and worked at Toyota as a mechanic for about five years. I really wanted to expand and challenge my career further in the automotive industry," Travis said. “Building self driving cars is something I never thought I would be doing, but I’m overjoyed with the opportunity to be a part of something so cool! I love customizing cars, and building computer systems."

We love that enthusiasm! Find out more about our awesome team right here.
AutonomouStuff culture
AutonomouStuff values relationships — with employees, partners, and the communities where we all live. We strive to give employees opportunities to grow alongside the company, while together setting a course for the future of transportation. We consider the culture that has evolved at AutonomouStuff a vital part of the enterprise, and we work hard to maintain an environment that cherishes individuality, nurtures teamwork, and ultimately makes us more like family than colleagues.

Learn more about our culture.
Free webinar: Smart Autonomous Mobility Empowers an Autonomous Future
Hexagon's Smart Autonomous Mobility (SAM) solutions portfolio concentrates expertise across corporate divisions and disciplines to deliver the hardware, software and services necessary for autonomous operations in a variety of industries — mining, agriculture, defense and transportation, from single autonomous vehicle prototypes to entire freight hauling fleets.

Chief Autonomous Officer Bobby Hambrick will host the free webinar, Smart Autonomous Mobility: Empowering an Autonomous Future, at 1 p.m. CST Jan. 21. He will explore the vast capabilities Hexagon brings to market with SAM, setting the stage for a series of presentations in 2021 that will demonstrate with real-world applications the potential of SAM's three pillars: enable, accelerate and deploy.

Registration is now open and can be found right here!
Free webinar: Autonomy for Off-Road Applications
The road to autonomy looks different off-road. While the safety standards and equipment expectations are different, the necessity of perception and sensing devices like lidar, radar, cameras and more remain the same. 
In this free webinar from Hexagon’s Autonomy & Positioning division — scheduled for 10 a.m. CST Jan. 27 — Segment Director of Core Autonomy Lee Baldwin and Director of Agriculture Sales & Support Tanner Whitmire explain these unique sensing and perception systems, and how they enable vision processing, object detection and classification, and more through sensor fusion.

Register now to learn more about how these complex systems work together.
Webinar on demand: Velodyne Velarray H800 lidar for ADAS and autonomy
Shortly after Velodyne introduced the Velarray H800 solid-state lidar sensor in November 2020, Dr. Mircea Gradu joined us for a free webinar exploring the new hardware and Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking (PAEB) software suite, as well as the vision behind the Velarray.

The presentation from Dr. Gradu, the Senior Vice President of Product and Quality at Velodyne Lidar, is now available for on-demand viewing on the AutonomouStuff YouTube channel.
Upcoming events

January 21, 2021: Intro to SAM webinar

January 27, 2021: Off-road autonomy webinar


June 8-10, 2021: AVT Expo

June 15-18, 2021: HxGN LIVE

September 13-15, 2021: MINExpo

October 11-15, 2021: ITS World Congres