Blackmore Sensors and Analytics announced two new product lines, the Blackmore AFDL a Doppler LiDAR system specifically designed for autonomous fleet deployment and the flexible Blackmore LDP is a development platform for early deployment into emerging autonomous markets such as long-haul trucking and air taxi systems.

Blackmore’s Autonomous Fleet Doppler Lidar (AFDL)

Blackmore’s AFDL resolves the challenges that stymied AM LiDAR. As a result, fleets will see a dramatic increase in reliability and lower operating costs by reducing time-to-perception and data-annotation overhead. The multi-beam Doppler lidar sensor delivers instantaneous velocity and range data beyond 450 meters, with power consumption and size similar to a small laptop. The system supports a 120 x 30-degree field of view, software defined operation, precise velocity measurements with accuracy down to 0.1 meters/second on objects moving up to 150 m/s (335 mph), and measurement rates in excess of 2.4 million points/second. Blackmore’s AFDL is available for pre-order and will ship to customers in Q2 for less than $20,000. Samples are shipping to strategic partners now.

Blackmore’s LiDAR Development Platform (LDP)

From air taxis and long-haul trucking to airport operations and industrial warehouse robotics, a number of industries want access to Blackmore’s precise, velocity-informed LiDAR. The highly flexible platform pairs Blackmore’s powerful LiDAR engine with interchangeable optical sensor heads to make it easy for companies to explore, test and adapt Doppler LiDAR for their specific needs.

Blackmore uses software-defined LiDAR data, enabling customers to tailor the operational parameters – including field of view, range, point density and scan speed – on the fly with its flexible API. The long-range forward-look optical head covers a 40 x 40-degree field of view, provides two beams to increase point throughput to greater than 1.2 million points/second, and can reach out well beyond 500 meters of range extent