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Sydney startup launches new LiDAR scanner design

By on 31 July, 2018

Cibby Pulikkaseril and Federico Collarte of Baraja. Image courtesy of Baraja.

Baraja’s ‘Spectrum-Scan’ combines a wavelength-tuneable laser with prism-like optics in a system aimed at autonomous vehicles.

The key difference separating Australian-US-based startup Baraja’s LiDAR unit from existing offerings is the abolition of moving parts from the device.

Baraja says that their application of ‘prism-like optics’ improves scalability, reliability and performance issues associated with designs that rely on physically rotating lasers or moving mirrors to scan the environment.

Baraja says that vibration and shock in vehicular applications causes traditional mechanisms to fail over time, a limitation that their design addresses.

“After spending years in stealth, iterating behind closed doors with OEMs and other high-profile pioneers in the autonomous vehicle space, we are confident that we have built a high performance LiDAR system, one that  addresses many of the challenges facing the autonomous vehicle industry today,” said Cibby Pulikkaseril, Baraja co-founder and CTO.

Baraja maintains that their Spectrum Scan system adheres to a design-for-manufacture approach, utilising many off-the-shelf components, with mass production for fleets the end goal.

Foreseeably, this design could have benefits for other modes of terrestrial or airborne scanning.

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