RoboSense announces first public smart lidar road test

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RoboSense undertook what’s claimed to be the world’s first public road test of a vehicle equipped with a smart lidar sensor at CES 2020. The RoboSense smart lidar car, featuring the company’s award-winning RS-LiDAR-M1 smart lidar, ran daily outside the Las Vegas Convention Center, showing the latest technological progress in autonomous vehicle lidar.

The RoboSense RS-LiDAR-M1 smart lidar is said to be the world’s first MEMS smart lidar sensor to incorporate sensor hardware, AI perception algorithms, and IC chipsets. As such, it transforms the lidar sensor from an information collector to a complete data analysis and comprehension system, providing essential information for autonomous vehicle decision-making faster than ever before. The RS-LiDAR-M1 won a CES Innovation Award for two consecutive years in 2019 and 2020.

RoboSense partner and vice president Dr Leilei Shinohara said, “Based on extensive data optimization, RoboSense’s algorithm performance and software stability and reliability have proven to have many key advantages. Developed by RoboSense after more than a decade of exhaustive research in perception technology, it has combined the deep learning-based AI algorithm performance advantages with traditional algorithms to provide functional safety. Since 2017, RoboSense’s algorithms have gained more than 100 global partners for various types of autonomous driving scenario certifications.”

RoboSense also announced new partnerships at CES and conducted co-demonstrations with ON Semiconductor, Xilinx, Horizon, AutoX, and Freetech.

Wade Appelman, vice president of ISG, SensL Division for ON Semiconductor, said, “The combo of RoboSense lidar with the ON Semiconductor RD Series SiPM family of products will perform much better than the older APD technology employed by legacy lidar manufacturers using mechanical scanning architectures, further enhancing the performance of the RS-LiDAR-M1 to be one of the best in the automotive lidar market.”

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