Blackmore Sensors and Analytics, based in (that high tech hotbed of fly fishing) Bozeman, MT has just received $18 million in series B financing to scale their frequency-modulated continuous wave (FMCW) lidar and just as importantly the artificial perception software to go with it. The investment was lead by BMW i Ventures which means the target market is driverless vehicles, but its the most unique feature of their technology that caught my attention.
In addition to FMCW eliminating interference and improving long-range performance, Blackmore not only measures range, but also the radial velocity of each point. Hmmm. I have not heard of any other sensor manufacturer offering this capability. In fact, Blackmore claims to be the first.
Blackmore says their core technology brings the advanced toolsets of modern radar into the optical domain enabling a new era of unprecedented lidar system performance.
The technology is aimed at improving the top of the perception-prediction-performance automated driving stack.
They do show a “geospatial” sensor on their website.