Aurora announced that it plans to acquire LiDAR company Blackmore, located in Bozeman, MT.
According to Aurora, Blackmore’s work in frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) technology starts with photonic hardware proven in the optical fiber communications industry. Signal processing then maximizes FMCW’s advantages of high dynamic range, single photon sensitivity, and interference immunity, which translates into real safety margin, chip-level scalability, and all-weather performance. Finally, the point-by-point velocity measurement enabled by FMCW will allow Aurora to "rewrite perception in robotics." Ultimately, Aurora believes that Blackmore’s technology will allow it to deliver a safer, more efficient, and more cost-effective driver than even the best systems available on the market today.