Light detection and ranging (LiDAR) perception technology provider RoboSense has partnered with the Chinese communication equipment manufacturer DT Mobile for the deployment of the first vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) solution for the smart city.

RoboSense’s new V2I solution is said to be based on the micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) solid-state LiDAR in Xiong’an New Area, Hebei China, which marks the beginning of MEMS solid-state LiDAR to be used in V2I projects.

The company noted that Xiongan New Area located in North China’s Hebei province is said to have been on the cusp of developing a smart city with new technologies.

The initiative includes a 5G smart bus, which was jointly built by Hebei Radio and Television Information Network Group (HBTN), China Communications Construction and DT Mobile.

For this project, DT Mobile has agreed to provide the transformation of the vehicle, C-V2X equipment, and end-to-end solutions, meanwhile RoboSense provided the one-stop roadside LiDAR solution (including sensor hardware and perception algorithm software).

HBTN will be responsible for the deployment of the 5G network environment, while China Communications Construction is responsible for the construction of the road infrastructure.

RoboSense COO Mark Qiu said: “We are very pleased that RoboSense and DT Mobile have reached strategic cooperation on V2I solution for 5G-based smart city development.

“In addition to increasing investment by combining both parties’ advantages, we will also vigorously carry out the test and verification of the solution to ensure the safety of autonomous driving applications, further advancing the development of the automotive industry with the new technology breakthroughs on the Vehicles-to-Internet.”

The company said its RoboSense LiDAR has been designed and developed under the roadside perception needs of the V2I system, which enables autonomous vehicles to sense every traffic participant, ensuring traffic safety and efficiency, as well as information services applications.

Currently, several pilot projects of RoboSense LiDAR solution for V2I are operational in Hangzhou, Shanghai, and Shenzhen.

Last March, RoboSense provided a cold-resistant all-weather LiDAR for an all-weather autonomous shuttle bus, known as Gacha.