China: RoboSense(Suteng Innovation Technology Co., Ltd) has announced that it has teamed up with partners Horizon Robotics, Cainiao Network, Sensible 4, and AutoX to launch the Smart Sensor System (SSS) at Shanghai Auto Show which is designed for four key smart transportation vehicle applications: autonomous passenger cars, low-speed autonomous vehicles, high-speed RoboTaxis, and V2R (Vehicle to Road infrastructure). The RoboSense Smart Sensor System combines new LiDAR hardware, AI point cloud algorithms, and an IC design for a one stop Smart Sensor System strategy that collects and interprets environment information, distinguishing itself from traditional lower resolution LiDAR hardware suppliers.
At the Shanghai Auto Show, RoboSense announced two new LiDAR products that are integral to the Smart Sensor System: the RS-Bpearl, a super wide angle blind-spot LiDAR, and the RS-Ruby, a super high-resolution LiDAR. In addition, RoboSense also unveiled its final mass production-ready design of its award-winning RS-LiDAR-M1 automotive grade solid-state LiDAR smart sensor system with embedded perception algorithms, which will be mass produced in 2021.
Smart sensor system
The new Smart Sensor System combines the award winning RoboSense RS-LiDAR-M1 MEMS based smart sensor with the RS-Bpearl super wide angle blind-spot LiDAR; RS-Ruby super high-resolution LiDAR; and RoboSense AI perception algorithms. Because of its high integration levels, high performance, high reliability, easy production, and low cost, RoboSense chose MEMS technology and 905nm lasers for its revolutionary solid-state LiDAR system. RoboSense’s first “pre” version RS-LiDAR-M1Pre debuted at CES 2018, and at CES 2019, the upgraded RS-LiDAR-M1 won awards for its world-leading wide 120° FOV, long 200m range, and AI algorithm innovations. The new RS-LiDAR-M1 now meets OEM requirements and delivers safety for L3+ autonomous passenger cars, providing highway applications for TJP (Traffic Jam Pilot), and HWP (Highway Pilot).
RoboSense & Horizon Robotics create smart chips for LiDAR
Available in 2021, the final mass production version of the RoboSense RS-LiDAR-M1 for OEMs will be a smart sensor. RoboSense and Horizon Robotics have reached an initial intention of cooperation to build customized chips for the LiDAR environment perception algorithm: the RS-LiDAR-Algorithms. These algorithms will be integrated into the IC and embedded in the LiDAR hardware. The RS-LiDAR-M1 will provide instantaneous 3D point cloud data interpretation and output target level environment perception results in real-time to autonomous vehicles. “Algorithms require an independent ECU for the operation. OEMs must include algorithms for consumer safety by integrating these algorithms into the sensor’s hardware. The RS-LiDAR-M1 is the perfect hardware and software integrated system and data ‘interpreter’ for these needs,” said RoboSense COO Mark Qiu.