Start-up Baraja Promises Cheap, Reliable Lidar for Self-Driving Cars

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The Australian company hopes to sell lidar systems with no moving parts for a few hundred dollars

If you’ve walked around a major city like San Francisco in the past couple years, you’ve probably noticed cars topped with bulky, spinning discs—the mark of self-driving vehicles in training.

Inside those flying-saucer-like rigs are upwards of tens of thousands of dollars worth of lasers used for light radar (lidar). Lidar detects objects like cars, pedestrians, and bicyclists by scanning them with laser light, then measuring the light that gets reflected back. It’s a key enabling technology for self-driving cars. But

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