Aurora Acquiring Lidar Company - Pioneering MindsSelf-driving startup Aurora is acquiring Our Technology, a Santa Clara, California-based lidar company that creates sensors needed for self-driving vehicles and another autonomous tech. Lidar, which many people would recognize as the spinning contraption sitting on top of a self-driving car as it whirls around the Strip District, helps the autonomous vehicle “see” its surroundings. Using sensors and sensor data, Ours Technology says it enables “5D vision” that will speed up the development of autonomous tech. For Aurora, which has headquarters in Lawrenceville, the lidar that Ours Technology provides will make it easier to deploy the sensors quickly and broadly. Ours offers “ lidar on a chip” technology, Aurora said in its news release announcing the acquisition Friday. In other words, its lidar is extremely small and scalable. The acquisition will complement an earlier deal with Bozeman, Montana-based Blackmore, which provided long-range sensing that helped Aurora deploy its autonomous trucks.
Russia develops platform for quantum Internet ITMO University won a RUB300mn grant (over $4.1mn) from RVC, a Russian venture fund, as a result of competitive selection of leading research centers (LRCs) held under the national program “Digital Economy of the Russian Federation” commissioned by the Ministry of Communications of Russia with expert and analytical support from RVC.
Fraunhofer HHI joins Q.Link.X quantum network consortium, sponsored by German Ministry of Education - Optical Connections NewsThe German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is supporting the country’s quantum R&D revolution by investing €14.8 million in a new collaborative project called Quanten-Link-Erweiterung (“Q.Link.X”) set to run over the next three years. “The objectives are optical cable networks that are physically tap-proof,” says Q.Link.X project consortium representative Prof. Dr. Dieter Meschede […]
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Arqit raising $400 million with a SPAC to launch quantum encryption satellites in 2023 - SpaceNewsBritish quantum technology encryption startup Arqit is raising $400 million in the space industry’s latest SPAC deal, supporting the launch and construction of two satellites in 2023 to protect against growing hacking threats.