Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Saturday, December 7, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Rain 41° Rain
News >  Business

GM buys laser firm in bid to speed autonomous car research

General Motors has bought Strobe Inc., of Pasadena, California, for a small but undisclosed sum. ** FILE ** In a file photo the GM logo is seen over the Rydell Automotive Group General Motors dealership in the Van Nuys area of Los Angeles Wednesday, May 4, 2005. General Motors Corp. shares, already at 13-year lows, fell another 5 percent Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005, after the world's largest automaker said it would restate its earnings for 2001 because an accounting error led it to overstate its 2001 profit by up to $400 million. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) ORG XMIT: NY834 (Associated Press)
General Motors has bought Strobe Inc., of Pasadena, California, for a small but undisclosed sum. ** FILE ** In a file photo the GM logo is seen over the Rydell Automotive Group General Motors dealership in the Van Nuys area of Los Angeles Wednesday, May 4, 2005. General Motors Corp. shares, already at 13-year lows, fell another 5 percent Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005, after the world's largest automaker said it would restate its earnings for 2001 because an accounting error led it to overstate its 2001 profit by up to $400 million. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) ORG XMIT: NY834 (Associated Press)
Associated Press

DETROIT – General Motors is buying a small company that is developing Laser light sensors for autonomous cars, a move the automaker says will speed deployment of self-driving technology.

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

Strobe will work with GM’s Cruise Automation team in San Francisco to develop the next generation of laser sensors called Lidar.

Cruise Automation is testing autonomous electric Chevrolet Bolt cars on the streets of San Francisco with human backup drivers. The company says Strobe technology will reduce the cost of the vehicles while speeding up large-scale deployment. But GM didn’t say when the technology would ready to carry passengers.

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

Subscribe to the Morning Review newsletter

Get the day’s top headlines delivered to your inbox every morning by subscribing to our newsletter.

You have been successfully subscribed!
There was a problem subscribing you to the newsletter. Double check your email and try again, or email webteam@spokesman.com