China's Alibaba Puts Solid-State Lidar in a Delivery Truck


That’s one small step for delivery bots, but a giant one for solid-state lidar

Photo: Robosense

China’s Alibaba says that it has built the world’s first self-driving vehicle guided by solid-state lidar. The vehicle’s a truck; the lidar comes from China’s Robosense.

That’s one small step for delivery bots but one giant leap for solid-state lidar.

A small step, because delivery bots are already out there, managing without lidar. A giant leap, because solid-state lidar has so far been mostly just a smile and a shoeshine. The one production car to sport lidar—the upcoming 2019 Audi A8—packs a mechanical form

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