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Aurora to Acquire Lidar Company Blackmore

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Aurora, a developer of self-driving technology, plans to purchase the lidar company Blackmore to position Aurora for continued growth in the field of autonomous vehicles.

Lidar is critical for developing reliable self-driving technology that can navigate roads more safely than a human driver, said Aurora officials. The company uses various sensor modalities including cameras, radar, and lidar to improve the reliability of its driver system.

Aurora will incorporate Blackmore’s frequency-modulated continuous wave (FMCW) technology. Signal processing will maximize the advantages of FMCW, which include high dynamic range, single photon sensitivity, and interference immunity — to improve safety margin, chip-level scalability, and all-weather performance.

The point-by-point velocity measurement enabled by FMCW will make it possible for Aurora to advance robotics and deliver the benefits of self-driving technology.


Photonics Spectra
Aug 2019
GLOSSARY
lidar
An acronym of light detection and ranging, describing systems that use a light beam in place of conventional microwave beams for atmospheric monitoring, tracking and detection functions. Ladar, an acronym of laser detection and ranging, uses laser light for detection of speed, altitude, direction and range; it is often called laser radar.
aurora
The strongest light emitted by the Earth's upper atmosphere. It most often can be viewed in the Arctic as the aurora borealis, and in the Antarctic as the aurora australis.
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