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Alibaba predicts one billion packages a day

Alibaba predicts one billion packages a day

This is the first time that solid-state LiDAR has been applied in unmanned vehicles.

Known as the "G Plus", the vehicle features a solid-state LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) system that enables it to operate without any human intervention.

After reaching the destination, the Alibaba delivery robot, G Plus either deposits the package or the consumer enters a PIN code and receives their order. When other vehicles are inserted, the motorcade can immediately adjust the distance, said Zhang Chunhui, director of Cainiao's ET logistics laboratory.

Alibaba claims that its logistics affiliate, Cainiao Network has reduced cross-border shipping time to less than 10 days for some countries along with same-day and next-day deliveries within China and over 1,500 other counties and districts. The core technology of the MEMS solid-state LiDAR is disruptive to traditional mechanical multi-beam radars. "The solid-state laser has the advantages of high stability, high resolution, and low cost, and it can well meet the demand for OEMs", said Mark Qiu, Co-founder and COO of RoboSense. "We plan to have 100,000 unmanned vehicles in the next three years".

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Why did they develop the technology?

In addition, the company has maintained long-term cooperation with top universities and research institutes, such as MIT, HKUST, Tsinghua University, and HIT.

It then had unveiled plans to set aside 100 billion yuan over five years to boost its logistics network.

Tmall is a great example of Cainiao Network's use of logistics technology.

The network mainly aims to push 24-hour delivery across China and push logistics costs down to less than 5% of China's gross domestic product from around 15% at present, and thereby increasing profit margins for the manufacturing industry and logistics sector. It has the capability to provide same-day and next-day delivery in almost 1,500 districts and counties in China, and now operates Cainiao Post, a network of last-mile stations covering communities in top 100 cities and around 1,800 university campuses across the country.