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Cainiao Network, RoboSense release world's first unmanned logistics vehicle

LBR Staff Writer Published 01 June 2018

Alibaba Group's Cainiao Network and RoboSense have announced what they claim is the world's first solid-state LiDAR unmanned logistics vehicle, G Plus.

The companies announced the launch of G Plus driverless delivery vehicle at Alibaba's Cainiao Network 2018 Global Smart Logistics Summit.

Chinese firm RoboSense has developed the driverless delivery vehicle by using solid-state LiDAR technology known as RS-LiDAR-M1Pre.

The G Plus driverless delivery vehicle is installed with three RS-LiDAR-M1Pres, two in front and one in rear.

The technology will allow vehicles to clearly see the direction of travel, including shape, distance, azimuth, travel speed, and direction of travel of pedestrians, cars, trucks and exact areas to drive.

RoboSense and Alibaba will produce delivery vehicles with solid-state LiDARs for G Plus unmanned logistics cars/trucks, helping to reduce cost.

The unmanned logistics vehicles can be mass-produced, enabling to meet the demand from customers of the mass market logistics.

Unmanned cars and trucks can be installed with smart devices, allowing to use as a courier vehicle.

They can also be equipped with mobile self-pickup station and mobile coffee vending cart, enabling to fulfill the retail requirements.

Recently, Alibaba-led consortium has agreed to purchase 10% equity stake Chinese express delivery firm, ZTO Express (Cayman), for around $1.38bn.

The investors led by Alibaba and its logistic arm Cainiao Network have entered into a strategic agreement with ZTO Express for the investment and acquisition of interest.

The investment will help Cainiao and ZTO to further develop first and last-mile pickup and delivery capabilities, warehouse management, cross-border logistics and technology-driven smart solutions.

Last year, Alibaba purchased an additional stake in Cainiao Smart Logistics Network for around RMB5.3bn ($807m).

The stake increased from 47% to 51% in Cainiao, which is the logistics affiliate of Alibaba.

Cainiao runs a logistics data platform, which will help logistics partners to fulfill transactions between merchants and consumers on a larger basis. It uses data insights and technology to enhance efficiency across the logistics value chain.

Image: The G Plus driverless delivery vehicle. Photo: courtesy of PRNewswire/RoboSense.