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Vision Mini, Vision Plus and the MEMS Scanning Module 118 form the automotive product suite

LiDAR manufacturer Blickfeld will unveil its automotive LiDAR products for the first time at digital CES 2021. After commercially launching the industrial LiDAR “Cube 1” in 2020, the Munich-based company is now presenting its automotive LiDAR suite consisting of a mid-range as well as a long-range sensor. Blickfeld is also introducing its MEMS Scanning Module 118 as a product.

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2020 has been quite the ride, but it has taught us to be more reflective and grateful for things we usually take for granted. Even though everything did not go according to plan, we still want to use this opportunity to look back on this year’s events and how Blickfeld made great strides forward.

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Blickfeld tackles this question together with nine other partners in the “VIVALDI” research project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Countless test driving kilometers are required to make automated vehicles as safe as possible. This takes place both on the road and virtually in simulations. VIVALDI aims to develop virtual test methods to increase reliability.

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“The LiDAR revolution is coming” – Cedric Engels alias Dr. Whatson is convinced of this. In a detailed educational video about LiDAR sensors and Blickfeld, Dr. Watson comprehensively explains the sensor concept in autonomous driving, goes deep into LiDAR technology, and gives an overview of the entire LiDAR market.

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Blickfeld participates in the research project “IN2Lab” led by the Ingolstadt University of Technology

LiDAR manufacturer Blickfeld is a project partner in the IN2Lab research project, led by Ingolstadt University of Technology (THI) and funded by the Bavarian Collaborative Research Programme (BayVFP). The three-year research project aims to develop a safety system that enables the testing of automated driving functions in the real-life environment.

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Blickfeld is pleased to announce that our software library, known as the Blickfeld Scanner Library (BSL), is now available as an open-source project. Timor Knudsen, the Lead of Embedded Software, explains what the Blickfeld Scanner Library is used for, who will benefit from it, and why it is being made available as an open-source project.

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A conversation with new COO and Managing Director, Terje Noevig

Blickfeld is continuously growing – and so is the Blickfeld management team. Since July 2020, Terje Noevig, as COO and Managing Director, has been driving the next phase of its development towards industrialization while also heading the automotive business. To offer some insights into his career and life, Terje gave a short interview.

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Three months ago, most of our team members exchanged their office desk for their kitchen table and began working from home while we put extensive measures in the office into place to help slow down the spread of Covid-19. Our IT worked around the clock to make sure that everyone was set up at home to work the best they could under these new circumstances. And while we learned that large parts of the work we do at Blickfeld, with a few exceptions, can be handled from home, we are looking forward to slowly, and carefully, move back into the office.

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The coffee machine is standing still, but the Blickfeld team keeps pushing forward.

These are truly extraordinary times. We at Blickfeld have also been contemplating the current situation and have taken measures to protect our employees as best we can while also helping to slow down the spread of the Covid-19 virus. But how is this feasible for a company that not only has departments such as software, sales, HR and marketing teams at a central location, but also tests, calibrates and develops products in the very same office space? How can we fulfil our social responsibility in these extraordinary times, while at the same time ensuring our operations?

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Munich-based LiDAR start-up Blickfeld has completed its Series A financing round. The new financing was led by the venture capital unit of Continental together with Wachstumsfonds Bayern, which is managed by Bayern Kapital, with participation of the existing investors Fluxunit –  OSRAM Ventures, High-Tech Gründerfonds, TEV (Tengelmann Ventures) and Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners. Blickfeld will use the new financial resources to ramp up production, qualify its LiDAR sensors for the automotive market and strengthen the application development and sales teams for industrial markets.

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What comes after the hype? Real solutions are needed

While established trade shows are increasingly struggling for exhibitors and are forced to rethink their concepts, for many companies worldwide the Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, in Las Vegas has become the trade show not to be missed. Even the players of the automotive industry can now be found at CES rather than in Detroit or at the IAA. Why? Because the car is becoming more and more smartphone- and gadget-like. Autonomous applications have dominated the booths of mobility providers and car manufacturers in recent years, which is why Blickfeld has also been present at CES in the last couple of years – for the first time this year with its own booth in the Smart City area.

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If we had to give 2019 a title, it would be “growth”: Our product family has grown, we built up our production and significantly expanded our team. And an end to growth is not in sight!

Before 2019 is over, we want to take a look at some of the events of the last twelve months. This was 2019 for Blickfeld:

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