When Rainbow Physics Meets Self-driving Cars Baraja proposes a…

When Rainbow Physics Meets Self-driving Cars

Baraja proposes a new and simpler way to direct its laser sight – through rainbow physics. 

Raised $32M funding in its Series-A round led by Sequoia China, Blackbird Ventures and Australia-based Main Sequence Ventures. 

Pairs a wavelength tunable laser (a laser that changes color on command) with prism-like optics. As the laser varies the color of light transmitted, the prism acts like a router, bending or deflecting the light out into the environment at a precisely controlled angle. Scan patterns can, therefore, be optimized to suit different road scenarios or traffic conditions, adapting on the fly without any additional wear and tear on any moving parts. By simply changing the wavelengths of light emitted by the laser, the software-defined LiDAR ensures resolution goes only to where it is needed.

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