Aurora strengthens its competitive advantage as full-stack provider with FM LiDAR
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Independent full-stack AV technology company Aurora Innovation Inc. continues to advance its state-of-the-art Aurora Driver AV system, with the latest significant move being the acquisition of industry-leading LiDAR company Blackmore. Based on the company’s decades of industry experience, Aurora knows that LiDAR, specifically with the advancements Blackmore has made, is part of the ultimate sensing system. The company concluded that frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) is a next-generation LiDAR technology that further advances its state-of-the-art Aurora Driver. The latest FMCW technology uses photonics 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. That confidence was reinforced in February by $530 million in Series B financing led by Sequoia. One of the investors emphasized that being a full-stack provider is critical, because building and operating a self-driving car involves a complex combination of technologies including artificial intelligence and deep learning, sensor technology, maps, cloud and in-vehicle computing, semiconductors, and many others. Given that all of these combined components impact each other’s performance and capabilities, the biggest value is in the creation of the integrated solution—and that is what Aurora is trying to deliver.
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