Argo AI Acquires Princeton Lightwave

Argo AI, a robotics and artificial intelligence firm with financial backing of Ford Motor Co. as part of Ford’s self-driving car efforts, has acquired Princeton Lightwave Inc (PLI) of Cranbury, New Jersey, USA. Startup firm Princeton Lightwave produces indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs)-based near-infrared/shortwave-infrared (SWIR) single-photon detectors including LiDAR (light detection and ranging) sensors and lasers.

The company’s lasers and photonic sensors can be used in LiDAR (light detection and ranging) systems to produce a three-dimensional map of the environment for autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles. Argo AI expects to use Princeton Lightwave’s LiDAR Sensors, which are already employed for defense and commercial mapping applications, to help Argo extend the resolution and range demanded self-driving in challenging urban environments.

Princeton Lightwave Chose Automotive LiDAR as Focus

Princeton Lightwave says its technology complements and expands the capability of the already available LiDAR sensors for the automotive industry. During its brief history, the firm examined several applications for its technology. Ultimately, the company found that the convergence of numerous technology advancements for autonomous vehicles made autonomous vehicle LiDAR a compelling opportunity.

For this reason, the company specializes in technology for real-team detection and processing of individual photons from lasers and light bouncing off objects for Geiger-mode LiDAR. The company’s integrated GeigerCruizer automotive LiDAR system reportedly offers an eye-safe LiDAR with a range of more than 300 meters.