Luminar’s Hydra LiDAR system

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A high-performance LiDAR and perception engine for autonomous vehicle testing and development programs, Hydra from Luminar enables projects to accelerate their test and development fleets towards series production applications.  Hydra’s scalable architecture allows the integration of a single or multiple LiDAR sensors delivering a perception system for both forward-facing road, 360° urban, and broad off-road applications. This scalability also means that Hydra can support safety and convenience features, as well as autonomous services.

Reliable object perception, recognition and classification are achieved by a camera-like resolution of up to 200 points per square degree and high data fidelity. Hydra sees and understands what objects are even if they are small or dark and at a long distance. This along with ongoing software updates mean that Hydra’s capabilities continually improve, keeping you at the cutting-edge throughout the development process.

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  • Test and develop for multiple applications – Hydra is the full toolset for accelerating test and development fleets of tens to hundreds towards series-production applications. Configurable with one or multiple LiDAR sensors to enable autonomous driving for consumer, trucking and robotaxi applications.
  • Perception enabled and always learning – With a camera-like resolution of up to 200 points per square degree and high data fidelity, Hydra reliably perceives and recognises objects.  This and ongoing software updates mean that Hydra’s capabilities continually improve, keeping you at the cutting-edge throughout the development process.
  • Develop with confidence – Hdyar has been subject to myriad rigorous stress tests, from freezing to earth-shaking vibrations, so you can develop with confidence whatever the environment.


    • 500m maximum range – 250m at <10% reflectivity
    • 120° field of view – 30° dynamic vertical FoV
    • Camera-like resolution – 200 pt/sqdeg
    • High data fidelity – 1cm range precision, high-precision reflectance
    • Environmental – dust and water ingress: IP67 – vibration: SAE J1211 – shock: IEC 60068-2-27 to 20g
    • Detection and tracking – road and drivable space: 80m – lane markings: 150m – objects and vehicle: 250m


Sensor specifications


<10% reflectivity


max range


min. horizontal resolution


min. vertical resolution


horizontal fov


configurable vertical fov

640 lines/sec

software configurable

1 cm

range precision


frames per second

7 bits

reflectance resolution (resolvable)

< 2m

min. measurement range


max range returns per point

Sensor environmental specifications

Water and dust ingressVibrationShockAmbient temperature

Full performance

Storage temperature


IP67SAE J1211IEC 60068-2-27 to 20g-10°C to 40°C-40°C to 85°C


Advanced development tools and perception

Hydra offers full-stack or modular sensor and perception output and control components, enabling you to focus on the full autonomy stack and expedite final system integration.

Core sensor functionality

Point cloud attributes3D Points (θ,φ,r); reflectance (R); surface normal (nx, ny, nz); velocity (vx,vy)
Software configurable field coverageReal-time horizon detection, adaptive scan patterns, extrinsic sensor calibration
State estimationLiDAR odometry with IMU and GPS
Software toolsEnVision – visualisation and control

Full-stack perception

Semantic segmentation classes Drivable free space 80m, lane markers 150m, object 250m
Object classesVehicle, large vehicle, pedestrian
Lane marking classesSolid, dashed, dotted
VelocityInstant velocity detection at point and object levels, both lateral and longitudinal
Software toolsSynthetic Sensor Suite – LiDAR simulation

Hydra reference ECU specifications

Power consumptionGPUCPUI/OWireless
30-40 W sensor count dependent512-core NVIDIA Volta™8-core ARM v8.2

64-bit NVIDIA Carmel™

2 x CAN
2 x LAN
2 x USB 3.1
4 x Hydra LiDAR sensors

Additional information

Dimensions30.82cm x 18.35cm x 7.8cm


Contact us for a copy of the Hydra datasheet.


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Finance and Shipping

Restrictions on customers

Please note that due to the high average transaction costs, we must adhere to Anti-money laundering legislation.  For new customers, this comes into effect when the transaction value is more than £8,800 (or equivalent in USD or EUR).

Please note that some products are restricted so we typically do a brief check on location and customer information before accepting self-service orders.

Online ordering (self service)

On orders up to £8,800 (or equivalent in USD or EUR), we offer online ordering with payment by all major credit cards. Payments can be made in GBP only.

Payment options for transactions over £8,800

Please contact us to complete our ‘Know Your Customer’ form for payments in advance (by BACS or Card) above this amount, or apply for a full ‘Credit Account’ for up to 30 days credit, on account.  Payments can be made in GBP, EUR or USD.


Shipping by default is by FedEx and typically takes from one to five working days worldwide.  All packages are fully insured from us to you.

Our incoterms are DDP (for UK customers) and DAP (for international customers, including EU).  Other incoterms may be available on request in special circumstances.

Goods can also be collected from our logistics centre.

Loan finance

Level Five Supplies is pleased to offer finance as a payment option, iur appointed partners can work with you to make equipment purchase more straightforward.

There are many reasons to consider using finance:

  1. Improves Cash Flow: When you finance your equipment, your cash isn’t tied up in the equipment. Instead, it’s free for other investments that will grow your business, produce income, and ensure the equipment you acquire earns profits over its lifetime.
  2. Preserves Other Lines of Credit: Tomorrow can bring many opportunities. Financing equipment means you’ll have the credit available (either from the bank or other sources) to take advantage of future opportunities.
  3. Hedges against inflation: Your monthly payment remains the same over the term of the lease or loan. Money paid later in the term usually have less purchasing power than those paid at the beginning of the term…so you pay for today’s equipment needs with tomorrow’s lower-value currency.
  4. Provides 100% financing: Even “soft costs” such as training, shipping, installation, and maintenance agreements can usually be included. So you can rest easy knowing that these associated costs won’t disrupt your cash flow.
  5. Simplifies equipment changes: Hiring additional workforce? Increasing efficiency? Additional equipment can easily be added to your existing loan or lease. Or, if you’re trying to stay ahead of the competition by staying ahead of technologies, the equity in your financed equipment can be applied toward the loan or lease of new equipment. These options solve the problems of obsolescence – and make your job easier.
  6. Eliminates hidden charges: You have no compensating balances, no closing costs, and no blanket liens or other restrictive covenants that banks use to increase customers’ cost. What you see is what you get.
  7. Offers excellent rates: Our finance partner rates are highly competitive.
  8. Saves on taxes: Depending on the type of finance agreement you select, as much as 100% of your payments may be tax deductible.
  9. Offers many payment programs: Our finance partners work for you, not us. You choose the type of loan or lease that best fits your needs, and you select the length of the loan or lease term.

The finance agreement is between you and the lender, and we don’t take commission or referral fees – but we’ve done the preparatory work of allocating a broker for the US, and another for Europe, explaining the technology, validating supplier products and explaining how the technology will be used so your application process is simplified and focused entirely on the financials.

The initial part of the process usually takes less than an hour and means that you can spread the cost of a higher value purchase of equipment like this over several months or even years, allowing you to better plan your project or department budgets, but also means you can get what you need over the coming years, not just what you can afford today.

Details of current funding opportunities and support programmes for research and innovation

Contact our Sales team to discuss your needs further.