RoboSense, a global supplier of LiDAR perception systems for autonomous driving, has announced a partnership with ControlWorks, a leading provider of automotive electronics systems in Korea, to provide RoboSense's Smart LiDAR Sensor Systems to Korean OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers.
RoboSense's autonomous perception systems, which comprise advanced LiDAR hardware and AI point cloud perception algorithms, can output in real-time environment information from the 3D point cloud, including high-precision localization, obstacles detection, classification, tracking, etc. Under the agreement, ControlWorks will provide local sales channels, product services, and technical support for the Korean market.
Targeted to Level 3+ mass production passenger cars, RoboSense provides advanced Smart Sensors based on the RS-LiDAR-M1, a MEMS solid-state LiDAR. The mass production version of the M1, to be provided to OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, will have a built-in dedicated computing chip to run RoboSense’s proprietary AI point cloud perception RS-LiDAR-Algorithms, outputting the environment-perception results in real-time. With this sensor, customers of ControlWorks will no longer need an additional ECU on the vehicle to run algorithms, which will reduce mass production cost and also save valuable space within the vehicle.
RoboSense provides customized Smart LiDAR Sensor Systems by combining its 16, 32, and 128 channel LiDAR, short-range blind spot LiDAR and AI point cloud perception algorithms. Currently, ControlWorks has integrated RoboSense’s perception system RS-Fusion-P3 system in their autonomous driving system, and plan to integrate RoboSense's solid-state LiDAR RS-LiDAR-M1 in their next stage of testing.
“Korea has an advanced and complete automotive industry, while ControlWorks is a veteran in providing automotive electronic control systems that meet high safety and reliability requirements. We are honored to work with ControlWorks. Together, we will push forward the landing for LiDAR perception system solutions to be implemented into the product strategy of automotive manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers,” said RoboSense COO & Co-founder Mark Qiu, in a statement. “We will deeply cooperate with more companies and organizations promoting mass commercialization of autonomous driving technologies through RoboSense’s advanced products.”
Last March, the world's first all-weather driverless minibus GACHA equipped with RoboSense’s cold-resistant LiDAR was released in Finland by MUJI, Sensible 4 and RoboSense. In addition, because of RoboSense’s safe and reliable LiDAR system technology, RoboSense recently received a $45 million strategic investment from Cainiao Network (owned by Alibaba Group), SAIC Group and BAIC New Energy earlier in 2018.