New class of lidar solves scalability and performance issues

August 22nd, 2018, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Baraja unveiled its Spectrum-Scan Lidar, which uses prism-like optics and shifting wavelengths of light to create quality data and clarity of vision for autonomous vehicles. This new category of lidar pairs wavelength-tuneable laser with prism-like optics to address scalability, reliability and performance issues that have challenged automakers, rideshares and tech behemoths as they race toward a fully-autonomous future. With a flexible, modular design that simplifies integration into the vehicle, the company allows autonomous vehicles to control and adjust scan patterns in real-time to adapt to complex, dynamic road conditions. Traditional lidar scans the roadway by physically rotating lasers or using moving mirrors to steer the light using microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). These moving parts have unresolved reliability problems in vehicles due to constant vibration and shock. Delicate components fail or require costly over-engineering to house and protect. Baraja’s compact, modular lidar connect via fibre optics and deliver high level performance using off-the-shelf components like optical-grade silica-glass found in smartphone cameras and telecom-grade lasers that power the internet. These components maximise automotive reliability and the ability to mass produce the technology while enabling cost benefits.

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