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Blackmore Unveils First Doppler Lidar On the Road, Demonstrates How its Current Sensor Can Make Autonomous Vehicles Safer

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System clearly identified tens of thousands of pedestrians, bicycles
and other vehicles throughout the San Francisco Bay Area with
instantaneous velocity measurements at long range and high speeds

Today Blackmore
Sensors and Analytics, Inc.
, the pioneers behind the world's first
Doppler lidar for automotive applications, confirmed that their system
exceeded expectations in real-world scanning and mapping across the Bay
Area's busy highways and on the congested streets of San Francisco. This
road testing clearly shows how Blackmore's Doppler lidar can deliver the
performance needed to make autonomous vehicles safer, smarter and more
reliable than those equipped with traditional lidar.

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Blackmore created the world's first Doppler lidar for automotive applications, which delivers instan ...

Blackmore created the world's first Doppler lidar for automotive applications, which delivers instantaneous velocity and the performance needed to make autonomous vehicles safer, smarter and more reliable than those equipped with traditional pulsed lidar. (Photo: Business Wire)

With backers including BMW i Ventures and Toyota AI Ventures,
Blackmore's team has successfully parlayed more than ten years of
experience refining frequency-modulated continuous wave (FMCW) lidar
with the Department of Defense to address the automotive industry's
rigorous requirements.

Blackmore's sensor is the only lidar currently available that instantly
delivers real-time velocity measurements of every detected point,
helping make autonomous driving smarter and safer. Traditional pulsed
lidar systems do not measure motion directly, meaning velocity
information is only available after running computationally complex and
error-prone analytics algorithms on multiple frames of data. With
Blackmore's instantaneous Doppler-enhanced data, autonomous vehicles
perceive the world around them with very high confidence and the low
latencies required for safe navigation.

Blackmore's Doppler lidar also eliminates interference from sunlight and
other sensors, and improves long-range performance compared with
conventional lidar. These features, when combined with velocity
measurements, deliver the trifecta required to help make autonomous
driving safer.

"Until recently, OEMs and suppliers have only had pulsed lidar options
for their vehicles, which have proven to be inadequate for the
autonomous driving market's long-term goals," said Dr. Randy Reibel,
Blackmore's CEO. "Engineers with leading autonomous driving teams are
ecstatic to see Blackmore's Doppler lidar in action. They understand the
value of Blackmore's unprecedented approach and are excited to tap into
a system that is economically efficient, reliable and scalable, without
compromise."

"Blackmore's team is on a mission to make automated driving safer by
leveraging FMCW technology to bring Doppler capabilities to the lidar
market, a potential game changer for the autonomous mobility market,"
said Jim Adler, managing director of Toyota AI Ventures. "And that's
just the beginning. They're also exploring other applications and
industries beyond the automotive space, from surveying to aerial
vehicles."

Blackmore's automotive Doppler lidar systems, which are priced
competitively with existing pulsed alternatives, are currently with
teams at OEMs and suppliers across the industry.

About Blackmore Sensors and Analytics, Inc.

Blackmore is pioneering the development of compact and robust Doppler
lidar sensors, and supporting analytic tools and software, for a variety
of rigorous, mission critical, automotive, industrial and military
environments. Where cost and performance specifications limit more
traditional sensors, Blackmore's technology brings the advanced toolsets
of modern radar into the optical domain, enabling a new era of
unprecedented lidar system performance. Blackmore is based in Bozeman,
Montana. For more information visit: www.blackmorelidar.com.

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