Baraja Lifts Curtain on Spectrum-Scan LiDAR for Autonomous Vehicles

Baraja today publicly unveiled Spectrum-Scan™ LiDAR. Spectrum-Scan uses
prism-like optics and shifting wavelengths of light to create powerful
eyes for autonomous vehicles, giving those vehicles unprecedented data
and clarity of vision, a requirement for safe, fully-autonomous driving.

Spectrum-Scan LiDAR (light detection and ranging) represents an entirely
new category of LiDAR, pairing a wavelength-tunable laser with
prism-like optics. This innovation addresses the scalability,
reliability and performance issues that have challenged automakers,
rideshares and tech behemoths as they race toward a fully-autonomous
future.

Spectrum-Scan technology enables Baraja LiDAR to deliver high
performance and long range in a system built from simple industrialized
components, which greatly improves automotive reliability versus
competing technologies. With a flexible, modular design that simplifies
integration into the vehicle, Baraja LiDAR allows autonomous vehicles to
smartly control and adjust scan patterns in real-time to adapt to
complex, dynamic road conditions.

“Our experience in the optical telecommunications field, in particular
the knowledge gained from years of product development for
high-reliability use-cases, inspired us to solve some of the biggest
problems facing the current state of LiDAR,” said Federico Collarte,
Baraja co-founder and CEO. “The unique perspective our team brings to
the field has helped us create a novel way to give vision to autonomous
vehicles.”

Solving the LiDAR challenge

Traditional LiDAR scans the roadway by physically rotating lasers or
using moving mirrors to steer the light using microelectromechanical
systems (MEMS). These moving parts have unresolved reliability problems
in vehicles due to constant vibration and shock. Delicate components
fail or require costly over-engineering to house and protect.

These legacy scanning methods inject cost, reliability and performance
issues, and contribute to the unwieldy appearance and vehicle
integration difficulties of existing LiDAR solutions. These limitations
have become a serious bottleneck to the mass deployment of self-driving
cars.

Baraja’s compact, modular “eyes” connect via fiber optics and deliver
the high level of performance demanded by the autonomous vehicle
industry using off-the-shelf components—like optical-grade silica-glass
found in every smartphone camera and telecom-grade lasers that power the
internet. These components maximize automotive reliability and the
ability to mass produce the technology for fleets while enabling
long-term cost benefits.

Designed for reliability and scale

In developing Spectrum-Scan LiDAR, Baraja designed for the end goal:
building LiDAR that can realistically be integrated into vehicles. By
addressing the need for high-volume scalability, manufacturability and
reliability, Baraja has guided the product development with a
design-for-manufacture (DFM) approach.

“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.
“Automakers and tech companies want to put fleets of safe and reliable
autonomous vehicles on the road. Spectrum-Scan LiDAR will help them get
there faster.”

Baraja is headquartered in Sydney, Australia, with offices in San
Francisco and China. The company is currently expanding throughout Asia
and Europe. Baraja is backed by funding from Sequoia China, Blackbird
and other sought-after investors.

“When Baraja came to us with their unique approach to LiDAR, we
immediately saw how differentiated their approach was,” said Steven Ji,
partner at Sequoia China. “After seeing their technology in action, we
could see how well they addressed the limitations of other products.
Baraja’s technology will be critical to the entire autonomous vehicle
industry.”

Baraja’s Spectrum-Scan LiDAR is available now. For more information,
please visit baraja.com.

About Baraja

Baraja Pty. Ltd. began its work on a breakthrough LiDAR technique in
2015 from the garage of CEO Federico Collarte in Sydney, Australia. It
was there that Federico and co-founder and chief technology officer
Cibby Pulikkaseril dreamed up an elegant solution to the complex
problems facing legacy LiDAR systems that give vision to self-driving
vehicles. Their Spectrum-Scan™ approach address scalability,
reliability, vehicle integration and performance issues that afflict
incumbent LiDAR technologies. Baraja, backed by Sequoia China, Blackbird
and other investors, has 60 employees and is based in Sydney, with
offices in San Francisco and China. The company is expanding throughout
Europe and Asia.

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