Lidar technology developer Baraja has lured the support of Csiro's Innovation Fund as it pursues additional business for its autonomous vehicle perception system in the US and Asia.

Australia-based autonomous vehicle optics technology developer Baraja obtained $32m on Thursday in a series A round backed by Csiro Innovation Fund, the venture fund launched by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.
Venture firms Sequoia China and Blackbird Ventures also participated in the deal. Csiro Innovation Fund is managed by Main Sequence Ventures, which was set up for the purpose in 2017.
Founded in 2015, Baraja has launched a lidar-based visual perception system for self-driving vehicles that facilitates their ability to adapt to surrounding environments.
Baraja’s approach uses lidar, a radar-like technology that employs pulsed laser beams instead of sound, in combination with algorithm-powered software that alters the lidar’s scan resolution to define the vehicle’s visual focus.
The funding will fuel Baraja’s plans to scale its manufacturing capacity and bolster its headcount as it targets expansion in the US and Asia. Steven Ji, partner at Sequoia…

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