Investors in sensor technology for ambient data top up to EUR 8.5 million

1. Septem­ber 2018

Munich — Munich-based startup BLICKFELD is deve­lo­ping sensors for self-driving cars — and has recei­ved milli­ons in new funding. Sensors are the basis for auto­no­mous cars. They make the vehic­les “see” by scan­ning the envi­ron­ment and provi­ding 3D images. The Munich-based startup Blick­feld promi­ses to offer a parti­cu­larly afforda­ble vari­ant. To do this, the startup relies on sili­con structures.

Recently, the company foun­ded in 2017 by Mathias Müller, Florian Petit and Rolf Wojtech (photo from left to right) recei­ved new money. The exis­ting inves­tors, Flix­bus inves­tor Unter­neh­mer­Tum Venture Capi­tal Part­ners, Fluxu­nit, the invest­ment arm of light­ing manu­fac­tu­rer Osram, High-Tech Grün­der­fonds (HTGF) and Tengel­mann Ventures have increased their invest­ment to 8.5 million euros. In a first round they had given 3.6 million euros.

The fresh capi­tal is to be used, among other things, for series produc­tion, which will start next year. The plan is to deli­ver “seve­ral hundred” sensors to custo­mers in the first half of 2019 as part of the initial pilot series, he said. The startup explains that it is curr­ently nego­tia­ting with major auto­mo­tive suppli­ers, among others. How much the first sensors produ­ced by Euro­pean manu­fac­tu­r­ers will cost has not yet been deter­mi­ned, they say. In the long term, the price should drop to a few hundred euros.

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