Blackmore Sensors and Analytics announced two new product lines, the Blackmore AFDL, a Doppler LiDAR system specifically designed for autonomous fleet deployment, and the Blackmore LDP, a development platform for early deployment into emerging autonomous markets such as long-haul trucking and air taxi systems.

Blackmore says its AFDL resolves the challenges that stymied AM LiDAR. As a result, fleets will see a dramatic increase in reliability and lower operating costs by reducing time-to-perception and data-annotation overhead, according to the company.  

Specifically, the multi-beam Doppler LiDAR sensor is designed to deliver instantaneous velocity and range data beyond 450 m (1476 ft), with power consumption and size similar to a small laptop. The system supports a 120 x 30-degree field of view, software defined operation, precise velocity measurements with accuracy down to 0.1 m/s on objects moving up to 150 m/s (335 mph), and measurement rates in excess of 2.4 million points/second. Blackmore’s AFDL is available for pre-order and will ship to customers in Q2 for less than $20,000. Samples are shipping to strategic partners now.

Blackmore is now shipping its LiDAR Development Platform (LDP), which pairs Blackmore’s LiDAR engine with interchangeable optical sensor heads to make it easy for companies to explore, test, and adapt Doppler LiDAR for their specific needs. “Development partners want to be part of the design process, and this new LiDAR platform helps our customers efficiently hone their spec requests and better understand the advantages that Doppler LiDAR brings to their applications,” said Jim Curry, Co-founder and vice president of analytics at Blackmore.

Because Blackmore uses software-defined LiDAR data, customers can reportedly tailor the operational parameters—including field of view, range, point density, and scan speed—on the fly with its flexible API.  The long-range forward-look optical head covers a 40 x 40-degree field of view, provides two beams to increase point throughput to greater than 1.2 million points/second, and can reach beyond 500 meters of range extent. Additional sensor heads will be introduced over time, and prices will vary depending upon configuration.