Argo Lidar Wins Automotive Sensor Hardware Solution of 2021 From AutoTech Breakthrough Awards

Argo AI Lidar Unit On Vehicle

PITTSBURGH, OCT. 20, 2021 — Argo Lidar, Argo AI’s proprietary lidar sensor, has been selected as the winner of the 2021 Automotive Sensor Hardware Solution of the Year by the AutoTech Breakthrough Awards program. 

The AutoTech Breakthrough Awards, administered by the market intelligence organization, Tech Breakthrough, recognize and honor the innovation, excellence, and creativity of companies and products in transportation and automotive technology fields. 

Argo unveiled Argo Lidar in May 2021 and presently tests the long-range sensor on a fleet of self-driving test vehicles operating in dense urban areas across the U.S. and Germany. Argo Lidar was developed in-house by Argo engineers and delivers long distance sensing range capability of more than 400 meters, the ability to see dark objects with low reflectivity, ultra-high resolution and photorealistic detail, and 360-degree awareness — all from a single sensor.

The Argo Lidar point cloud shows a busy city street in Pittsburgh.

“We are honored to be recognized by the AutoTech Breakthrough Awards program for our breakthrough Argo Lidar technology,” said Zach Little, Vice President of Hardware, Argo AI. “The Argo Hardware team developed a long-range lidar sensor with capabilities that we have not identified elsewhere in the supply base, giving Argo a competitive advantage to scale safe self-driving technology to meet the growing demand for goods delivery and ride hailing.” 

Lidar (light detection and ranging) works by beaming laser pulses at surrounding objects and then measuring the time it takes for them to bounce back, creating a 3D model of an Argo self-driving vehicle’s environment.  

The innovation behind Argo Lidar is known as “Geiger-mode” technology and its ability to detect the smallest particle of light—a single photon. Single photon detection is a key differentiator between Argo Lidar and other sensors on the market in that it is highly sensitive to light, enabling the Argo self-driving system to detect darker objects, or ones that don’t reflect as much light, farther, faster, and with more precision. 

With the ability to detect objects from long distances earlier, with more time to confirm, predict, and respond smoothly, the Argo self-driving system is able to safely operate in complex urban environments, on suburban roads, and at highway speeds. This ability to operate at higher speeds is critical to Argo’s preparation to launch and expand its commercial autonomous vehicle services because it enables support to ride-hail and goods delivery customers and partners in the places where there is the most demand. Starting later this year, Argo plans to deploy Ford self-driving vehicles on the Lyft ridesharing network in Miami and later Austin, Texas, and is collaborating with Walmart to offer autonomous delivery to customers in multiple cities. 

Argo Lidar’s long-range sensing capability, combined with the precision and dense resolution that is required for urban, suburban, and highway environments, further facilitates Argo’s mission to provide safe self-driving technology the public can trust.

About Argo AI

Argo AI is a global autonomous vehicle technology platform company headquartered in Pittsburgh. The company is developing self-driving technology in partnership with leading automakers, including Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group, to make getting around cities safe, easy, and enjoyable for all. Argo employs more than 1,400 people with engineering centers located in Dearborn, Mich.; Cranbury, N.J.; Palo Alto, Calif.; and Munich, Germany. Argo is currently testing autonomous vehicles on public roads in Miami; Austin, Tex.; Washington D.C., Munich and Hamburg, as well as in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and California. For more information regarding Argo, please visit