Partners Launch First Autonomous Solid-State LiDAR Logistics Vehicle

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This is the first time that solid-state LiDAR has been used in the development of an unmanned vehicle.

Alibaba announced two tech innovations at its Cainiao Network 2018 Global Smart Logistics Summit on yesterday, May 31 to take care of delivery issues. The unmanned-vehicle basically consists of a unit placed on wheels that is autonomously driven by RoboSense's LiDAR technology, allowing for other retail scenarios, such as a mobile self-pickup station, a mobile coffee vending machine and so on.

The technology will allow vehicles to clearly see the direction of travel, including shape, distance, azimuth, travel speed, and direction of travel of pedestrians, cars, trucks and exact areas to drive.

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Next year, Alibaba's customers may have their packages delivered to them by G Plus, a self-driving delivery truck that relies on RoboSense's LiDAR technology. RS-LiDAR-M1Pre MEMS micro mirror scanning scheme requires only a few laser emitters and receivers to scan the MEMS micro-mirror in both directions because of the swing angle. It delivers fine, high and vertical-angle resolution, grandly reducing cost and increasing reliability and yield.

"We want to build this network to help the industry to meet the future needs", said Ma.

Cainiao developed a smart locker that consumers can install outside their door for packages and food deliveries, called the Cainiao Box. "We plan to have 100,000 unmanned vehicles in the next three years".

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The RoboSense R&D and Operations Center is located in Nanshan District, Shenzhen, China, with offices in Beijing, China and Silicon Valley, California.

Cainiao claims to have the world's leading smart logistics network.

Tmall is a great example of Cainiao Network's use of logistics technology. Parcels are processed on fully automated assembly lines, equipped with robotic arms and more than 500 automatic guided vehicles man the floor, picking packages off carts and delivering them by the most efficient route to warehouse clerks for sorting and distribution.

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Specifically, Alibaba would aim to provide 24-hour delivery across China and 72-hour delivery for global markets.