Blackmore’s cutting-edge technology will be instrumental in delivering self-driving technology safely and quickly.
At Aurora, we’ve long said that the safest approach to building self-driving technology is by using different sensor modalities — cameras, radar, and of course, lidar. Today we’re pleased to announce that Aurora plans to acquire the industry-leading lidar company Blackmore, located in Bozeman, Montana.
Lidar is critical for developing a reliable self-driving system that can navigate our roads more safely than a human driver. As we’ve said before, different sensor modalities have different strengths and weaknesses; thus, incorporating multiple modalities drives dramatic improvements in the reliability of the system. Based on our decades of industry experience, we’re clear that lidar, specifically with the advancements Blackmore has made, is part of the ultimate sensing system.
At Aurora, our collective experience building self-driving systems gives us an incredible advantage as we build our self-driving vehicle technology. We know what works and what doesn’t and can build on this prior knowledge, as well as the many technological advancements we’ve seen in the last few years. Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) is a next generation lidar technology that further advances our state of the art Aurora Driver.