Hesai strengthens lidar position with auto design win, near-range addition

Lidar-powerhouse Hesai Technology announced earlier in January a design win with SAIC Motor‘s new global EV (electric vehicle) brand called Rising Auto (formerly known as the R brand) and Feifan in China. The new Rising Auto model will use Hesai’s AT128 long-range automotive lidar.

As a self-described user-oriented and data-driven automotive technology company, Rising Auto is committed to creating a “mid- to high-end pure electric intelligent mobile space” using technology for “green and intelligent” travel.

The AT128, an automotive-grade, long-range lidar designed for ADAS (advanced driving assistance system)-focused production vehicles, has won over several million units of expected volume from 10 OEMs. Beginning mass production and delivery in 2022, it has been shipped for various car models, with a monthly delivery of over 20,000 units.

The lidar’s long-distance perception provides sufficient reaction time for an ADAS system, helping the vehicle to identify risks and make safe decisions in complex road conditions. It has a ranging capability of 200 m, with 10% reflectivity and a 1200 x 128 overall resolution. With a point frequency of over 1.53 million per second, it can conduct ultra-high-precision scanning of the environment, forming consistent and unstitched point clouds that help vehicles to “see” the 3D world clearly in real time.