Shenzhen-based RoboSense is producing at scale its second-generation intelligent solid-state LiDAR RS-LiDAR-M1 (M1), the first company to mass produce solid-state LiDAR sensors in the world. It is a milestone in the commercialisation of advanced autonomous driving technology.
The first batch of the smart solid-state LiDAR was delivered to an American electric vehicle manufacturer. To date, more than 10 batches of deliveries have been completed since RoboSense start production of M1 sensors in June 2021.
Three weeks ago, Chinese carmaker GAC Aion announced that it will incorporate M1 sensors into its ADiGO self-driving system. The partnership is the latest cross-industry pairing between a carmaker and a tech startup to co-develop smart car technologies.
GAC Aion is the electric vehicle unit of Guangzhou Automobile Group.
Meanwhile, RoboSense has packed M1 sensors with smart software and hard features into its small formfactor. Its hardware is based on the innovative two-dimensional MEMS smart chip scanning architecture with unique "GAZE" function, which can adjust the scanning method according to the driving scene, improve the LiDAR perception ability, and help enhance the automatic driving performance. In terms of smart software, M1 sensors can be equipped with mature and embeddable point cloud AI perception algorithms.
M1 sensors ensure safety and reliability of point cloud data quality in various driving scenarios through a series of patented technologies, eliminates thorny problems in the industry from the product side, and built-in complete supporting functions such as OTA upgrade, stain detection, smart cleaning, smart heating, performance detection, power management, network management, etc. It has achieved SIL-2 and ASIL-B functional safety levels to help the vehicle perception system achieve ASIL-D functional safety design.
In the past five years, RoboSense has completed iterations of five major and dozens of smaller versions on the smart solid-state LiDAR project. The company said it is committed to continuously upgraded smart LiDAR system product solutions.
Together with car manufactures it hopes to jointly advance the evolution of smart driving experience. It further hope to accelerate the transformation and innovation of smart vehicle ecology, and bring automated driving and advanced assisted driving to passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, logistics vehicles, robots, public smart transportation, and vehicle-road collaboration.