Blickfeld sweeps the board at “Start me up!”
The startup Blickfeld, founded at the Technical University of Munich, has developed a powerful and cost-effective LiDAR sensor system, for which it received the most lucrative German startup prize.31 Jul 2019 Barbara Rusch
Although LiDAR laser sensors are widely used in the development of autonomous driving, such technologies have been either very expensive or too imprecise for mass production to date. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a LiDAR sensor that is both powerful and cost-effective to produce. Silicon was used to create a mirror with a complex microstructure that can cover a very wide field of view - thus inspiring the startup’s name “Blickfeld” , which was founded at TUM in 2017. The technology has further advantages: the system is no bigger than a fist and can be installed in headlights or rear-view mirrors, for example. Since it has very few mechanical components, it is more robust than previous LiDAR technologies. And despite the high-tech method, the “MEMS” mirrors are easy to produce.
This business model also impressed the “Start me up!” jury . The startup competition is organized by the business magazine “Bilanz” and the companies Daimler, HanseMerkur and ProSiebenSat1 Media. Competing against a total of 1,200 applicants, Blickfeld won the main prize endowed with 100,000 euros.
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