How to Get a Lidar Sensor at the Lowest Price


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Elon Musk once famously said, “‘Anyone relying on LiDAR is doomed”

This statement was made in the era when Velodyne LiDAR sensors cost tens of thousands of dollars. However, times have changed, and with numerous manufacturers entering the LiDAR market, there is now a wide range of products available, with prices varying from a few thousand to tens of thousands of dollars.

1. The Challenges of Buying from LiDAR Manufacturers

While it may seem logical to go directly to the manufacturers, there are a few reasons why this might not be the most suitable option for you:



Fig. 1 LiDAR manufacturer list From Yole

Streamlined Distribution Process: In the realm of business operations, manufacturers are better suited to work with distributors, not end-users. Dealing with individual sales and custom orders can burden manufacturers with excessive inventory and administrative complexities, leading to higher costs and longer processing times. Unfortunately, this often results in manufacturers passing on these additional expenses to customers, driving up the product’s final price.

Objective Selection: When you approach a manufacturer, they will naturally emphasize how their product perfectly suits your needs, even if there might be a more suitable LiDAR sensor available from another brand.


LiDAR supply agreements for ADAS
LiDAR supply agreements for ADAS


Priority Customer Base: Manufacturers primarily cater to Tier 1 automotive companies and distributors with bulk orders. Consequently, they may prioritize their larger clients, leading to delays in responding to your needs or after-sales queries, especially if your order is relatively small-scale.

2. The Vi-LiDAR Advantage

Competitive Pricing: Through Vi-LiDAR’s strategic OEM bulk purchases, we enjoy significant quantity advantages, allowing us to offer more competitive prices compared to direct OEM purchases. Moreover, our ready inventory ensures prompt deliveries, eliminating unnecessary waiting times.

Project Expertise: At Vi-LiDAR, we not only sell LiDAR sensors but actively engage in project development, exemplified by our VI-VMS-W, VI-VMS-CVI-VMS-S project. This hands-on experience equips us to provide valuable guidance, enabling you to make the most of your LiDAR sensor’s capabilities.

Multiple Manufacturers, One Source: Vi-LiDAR represents several leading LiDAR manufacturers, including Livox and Neuvition. You no longer need to download spec sheets and compare parameters from multiple sources. Our experts will assess your application and recommend the most suitable LiDAR sensor for your unique needs.

VI-T/G Series: High-Precision 3D Point Cloud Scanning and Modeling


Fig. 3 Vi-LiDAR Sensor

Comprehensive After-Sales Support: As an authorized distributor for various LiDAR manufacturers, Vi-LiDAR can promptly secure after-sales technical support when needed. Our in-house experts are also readily available to provide guidance and resolve any issues you may encounter, ensuring a seamless experience with your LiDAR sensor.

Choosing the right approach for purchasing a LiDAR sensor is pivotal to the success of your projects. While manufacturers tend to focus on bulk orders from large clients, Vi-LiDAR offers a streamlined distribution process, unbiased product recommendations, competitive pricing, and comprehensive after-sales support. By leveraging our expertise and access to multiple manufacturers, you can confidently select the perfect LiDAR sensor to unlock the full potential of your applications. Opt for Vi-LiDAR today and experience the utmost satisfaction and success in your projects.

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