Aurora Innovation, the self-driving tech developer announced acquiring of OURS Technology, a Silicon Valley startup specializing in integrating multiple sensors into a single chip to help cut the cost and size of the laser lidar system it developed for autonomous trucks, reported Forbes.
“You can’t bring high-speed autonomous vehicles to market safely without lidar,” Aurora CEO Chris Urmson said. “You can try, but you won’t succeed.”
Along with Aurora, leading autonomous tech developers including Waymo, Cruise, Ford- and Volkswagen-back Argo AI, Hyundai-backed Motional and Amazon’s AMZN+1.2% Zoox robotaxi unit prioritize lidar to help maximize safety owing to its ability to detect depth and other features cameras aren’t as good at. Notably, one major holdout against the technology is Tesla’s Elon Musk, who has called it a “crutch” and a useless organ, like an “appendix.” Musk has touted and charged Tesla customers for “Full Self Driving” capability for years–but hasn’t quite delivered it–favors lower-cost cameras and radar.
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