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125-laser lidar sensor comes at less than $2000

125-laser lidar sensor comes at less than $2000

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt



The RS-LiDAR-M1Smart main body is embedded with an AI perception algorithm that, according to the vendor, takes fully advantage of lidar’s potential to transform conventional 3D lidar sensors to a full data analysis and comprehension system, outputting semantic-level structured environment information in real-time to be used directly for autonomous vehicle decision making.    
The M1 family features 125 laser beams, resulting in a field of view of 120 x 25 degrees. RoboSense claims that this is the largest field of view of any MEMS-based solid-state lidar sensor. The company uses 905nm lasers with low cost, automotive grade and small size instead of the more expensive 1550nm lasers. These data are accompanied by a record-breaking detection range of 150 meters at 10% NIST target. The frame rate is to 15Hz, which can reduce the impact of point cloud distortion caused by target movement.


Its modular design lays the foundation for subsequent MEMS lidar products and support the customization of products for different application cases, the company says. At the same time, the sensor meets a number of relevant safety and quality standards from IATF1649 and ISO26262 to ISO165750 test specs.

MEMS lidar vs conventional mechanical technology: The benefits are obvious. 
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The RS-LiDAR-M1 has been tested for rain and fog under different light and wind speed conditions. The test results prove that the RS-LiDAR-M1 has met the standards, and the final mass-produced RS-LiDAR-M1 will adapt to all climatic and working conditions.

The product is a comprehensive system with sensor hardware, AI point cloud algorithm, and chipsets, which provides an end-to-end customer environment perception solution. RoboSense’s powerful AI perception algorithm injects the sensor with structured semantic-level comprehensive information, focusing on the perception of moving objects.

The hardware-only version of RS-LiDAR-M1 is currently available for customers, with a retail price of $1898. RoboSense announced to deliver current orders from key customers and upgrade the production line in Q1 2020, completing retail product delivery by Q1 2020. The smart sensor version of the M1 is currently available for key customers who have purchased the solid-state LiDAR A-C Sample Kit, and will be available to all customers after Q1 2020.

More information: www.robosense.ai/buy.

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