RoboSense and Inceptio announce cooperation on production of L3 autonomous heavy-duty trucks

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Chinese lidar manufacturer RoboSense has launched what it says is the country’s first automotive-grade solid-state lidar production line. It says it will start deliveries of its RS-LiDAR-M1 system in Q2 2021.

The company officially unveiled the SOP version of the automotive-grade lidar RS-LiDAR-M1 earlier this year, with a slim design that claims excellent performance and reliable point cloud quality. The company says it has received a number of orders for mass-production vehicle models around the world, including from an OEM in North America. In December 2020, samples were shipped to this OEM customer in batches, and became the world’s first mass-production-ready, automotive-grade MEMS solid-state lidar delivered.

This week, China-based autonomous freight delivery company Inceptio released its Xuanyuan self-driving system equipped with RoboSense solid-state lidar, and the two parties announced a partnership that aims to mass-produce the L3 heavy-duty freight truck by the end of 2021.

The vehicle’s self-driving system will be based on Inceptio’s ULRS (ultra-long-range sensing), ARC (adaptive robust control) and FEAD (fuel-efficient autonomous driving) algorithms, which it is claimed provide ultra-long-distance perception of up to 1,000m with a margin of error below 5%. Development of the vehicles has been undertaken in conjunction with Dongfeng Trucks and Sinotruk.

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