GM Advances Self-Driving Tech With Strobe Acquisition

GM Advances Self-Driving Tech With Strobe Acquisition”

GM says it bought Strobe Inc., of Pasadena, Calif., for a small but undisclosed sum.

Cruise Automation has been rapidly expanding its fleet of self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV's as the company ramps up real-world testing of its technology.

General Motors said Monday that it's acquiring LiDAR developer Strobe to accelerate the development of its autonomous vehicle technology. LIDAR is considered a pivotal technology for self-driving vehicles.

Deal terms were not disclosed, and GM did not immediately respond an inquiry about details.

Last month, Cruise Automation unveiled a prototype of what it says is a mass-producible auto designed with the redundancy and safety requirements necessary to operate without a driver.

Lidar sensors supplement radar and cameras and are needed for autonomous cars to function in conditions with poor visibility.

Strobe was co-founded by a longtime Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer, and one of its board members used to run a series of self-driving auto races for the federal government - the DARPA Challenges - that helped create the autonomous vehicle industry.

"Strobe's Lidar technology will significantly improve the cost and capabilities of our vehicles so that we can more quickly accomplish our mission to deploy driverless vehicles at scale", GM's Cruise Automation chief executive, Kyle Vogt, said. Located in Malibu, HRL performs research for both GM and Boeing.

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