Alibaba Group's headquarters in China. / Photo by: Thomas Lombard via Wikimedia Commons


Light Detection and Ranging or LIDAR is a remote sensing technology used by cars to “see” its surroundings. Through LIDAR, autonomous vehicles can create a 3D map of the environment to avoid collisions. Recently, Alibaba Group’s Cainiao Network in China joined forces with RoboSense to introduce an advanced LIDAR system for unmanned logistics vehicles.

RS LIDAR M1 Pre is the newly launched product of RoboSense. It offers a solid-state technology with real-time 3D mapping precision to improve the perception of AVs. It has a range of up to 200 meters, IP 67 or 100 percent protection against dust, sand, and similar objects, and water resistance of up one meter for 30 minutes, 63 by 20 degrees field of view, and 20 frames per second refresh rate.

The joint project of the two companies resulted in the debut of the G Plus driverless delivery vehicles such as cars and trucks. The G Plus AVs have three RS Lidar M1 Pre, in which two are installed at the front and one at the back, to enhance its capability to perceive surroundings. The LIDAR enables the vehicles to detect a variety of road details including distance, size, azimuth, travel speed, and directional travel of people and other vehicles.

“Presented at CES 2018, the core technology of the MEMS LiDAR is disruptive to traditional mechanical multi-beam radars. RS LIDAR M1 Pre MEMS micromirror scanning scheme requires only a few laser emitters and receivers to scan the MEMS micro-mirror in both directions because of the swing angle. Resolution is a very fine, high and vertical angle resolution of 0.2° throughout angle of view,” announced RoboSense.

The RS LIDAR M1 Pre is also supported by the RS LIDAR Algorithms. The software is packed with specific modules for detecting driving area, lane markings, and obstacles. The algorithm can classify detect obstacles as well.