Aurora plans to acquire lidar company Blackmore, as it believes that cutting-edge technology developed by Blackmore will be instrumental in delivering self-driving technology safely and quickly.
Lidar is considered critical for developing a reliable self-driving system that can navigate our roads more safely than a human driver. Aurora believes that Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) lidar developed by Blackmore can give it an advantage and advance state of the art Aurora Driver.
Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) is a next generation lidar technology that has advantages of high dynamic range, single photon sensitivity, and interference immunity leading to real safety margin, chip-level scalability, and all-weather performance. The point-by-point velocity measurement enabled by FMCW allows rewrite perception in robotics.
Therefore according to Aurora the acquisition of Blackmore’s technology will allow the company to deliver a safer, more efficient, and more cost-effective Driver than even the best systems available on the market today.
Source: Press Release