Alibaba Group unveils driverless delivery vehicle

Jun 04, 2018, 00:18
Alibaba Group unveils driverless delivery vehicle

Compared with other general driverless solutions, this formation-based operation only requires the head vehicle to be equipped with driverless technology, while the follow-up vehicles are simply equipped with basic radar and communication tools.

According to the set data, the entire motorcade is running at a fixed distance.

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 entire operating costs of such unmanned formations are much lower than ordinary trucks, saving fuel and manpower.

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RoboSense and Alibaba will provide delivery vehicles with solid-state LiDARs for G Plus unmanned logistics cars/trucks, drastically reducing cost.

The investment will see Cainiao and ZTO deepen their collaboration in the transformation of China's logistics industry amid the growth of New Retail, a concept developed by Alibaba that promotes seamless integration between online and offline commerce. However G Plus consists of just three RS-LiDAR-M1Pres, two in the front, one in the rear "to ensure the most powerful 3D perception for driving".

Next year, Alibaba's customers may have their packages delivered to them by G Plus, a self-driving delivery truck that relies on RoboSense's LiDAR technology.

Traditionally, a mechanical multi-beam form is used, which relies on over a hundred laser transmitters and receivers.

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Cainiao claims to have the world's leading smart logistics network.

Additionally, the smart network also aims to narrow down the logistics costs to less than 5 per cent and increase the profit margins for the manufacturing industry and logistics sector.

Specifically, Alibaba would aim to provide 24-hour delivery across China and 72-hour delivery for global markets. Since the establishment of the Cainiao Network through the promotion of smart logistics, the volume of Tmall's orders climbed on a single day from 152 million to 812 million, with the delivery time for 100 million packages dropping from 9 days to 2.8 days.

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