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.
The first and last major trade fair of the year
It is impossible to imagine now, but we started 2020 with the CES in Las Vegas – for the first time with our own booth. Equipped with an eye-catching booth design and a test vehicle for live demos, we had exciting conversations. You can read about our impressions here.
Fresh funding for the next phase
We had excellent news to report in March; we were able to close the Series A financing with Continental, Wachstumsfond Bayern and our existing investors, Fluxunit – OSRAM Ventures, High-Tech Gründerfonds, TEV (Tengelmann Ventures), and Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners. The financing will be used to ramp up series production, qualify the sensors for the automotive market, and strengthen application development and sales for industrial markets. Click here to read the press release.
All about LiDAR
If you want to know more about LiDAR technology, the future of mobility, various application areas for LiDAR, and the software behind it, you should visit the Blickfeld blog which launched this year! The blog offers its readers in-depth knowledge about the sensor, future vision about the industry, and application examples – so there is something to read for everyone. Fun fact: The most frequently read blog post is about the possible applications of LiDAR in agriculture.
Click here for the blog.
Everything set on industrialization
In July 2020, Terje Noevig joined the Blickfeld family as COO and Managing Director to take care of the next steps in the company’s development, the industrialization, while managing the automotive business. Find out more about Blickfeld’s COO and get insights about his vision in an exclusive interview here.
Cube 1 in action
2020 also saw the kick-off of sales for our industrial LiDAR sensor, Cube 1. The compact sensor is now commercially available and is already being used in many customer projects. If you want to get a better picture of the Cube 1, you will find extensive information, such as datasheet, CAD data, tutorials for software operation, and manuals here.
Blickfeld is taking part in research projects
Blickfeld collaborated on several research projects this year. In the “Vivaldi” project, virtual driving tests for automated vehicles are being developed with top-class partners, while the “IN2Lab” project focuses on validating real driving tests from the infrastructure. Both types of tests – virtual and real – are critical to getting automated vehicles on the road, and we are proud to play our part in the research on these topics.
The new form of events
CES still took place in real life, but we were delighted to see how many event organizers found creative solutions to host virtual events. We participated in 15 digital or hybrid events this year and were refreshingly surprised by the innovative formats. Nevertheless, we look forward to going back to trade shows and events in the future where we can meet our customers and partners in person.
2020 was a challenging year for all of us, and we consider ourselves lucky to be able to reminisce on so many achievements and highlights despite the pandemic – that is not a given. We are grateful that we could even grow our team further; now having 19 different nationalities on board! We want to extend a big “thank you” to this team, our customers, and partners for all that we have achieved and look forward with hope and confidence to the new year 2021.