Hesai, CRATUS to develop 3D lidar for warehouses

  • May 24, 2023
  • William Payne

Lidar specialist Hesai is partnering CRATUS, a solution integrator for lidar, to develop autonomous warehouse solutions using Hesai’s safety-rated 3D lidar, the QT128. CRATUS has selected the QT128 as the lead sensor in its new lidar perception package for automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs).

AGVs and AMRs to date have mostly used 2D laser scanning providing only limited perception data. With 128 laser channels, Hesai’s QT 3D lidar model provides new features for AGVs and autonomous forklifts.

QT128 has a 360 degree horizontal FOV, compared to 270 degrees or less from traditional devices. This eliminates AGVs’ blindspots, avoiding associated safety risks.

QT128 has obtained ISO 26262 ASIL B – Performance Level D Functional Safety Standard certified by TÜV Rheinland. Lidar certified by functional safety can detect potential risks in electronic systems, sending an alarm to the autonomous driving system and initiating protections. This allows AGVs to operate safely and more efficiently.

QT128 enables rich 3D perception data. In situations where a single laser fails or gets interfered with by strong light sources like sunlight, a 2D lidar-equipped AGV can lose visibility. With 128 laser channels, QT128 can continue to operate effectively, even in complex environments.

“We are embarking on a revolution within the warehouse. These facilities are increasingly becoming more automated and efficient. By utilising the QT128, with its recent safety rating certification, we are now able to release a host of new software products which will increase the capabilities and overall safety of these solutions within the material handling sector.” said Zeki Gunay, CEO of CRATUS.

“Hesai is eager to support CRATUS in its development of safety rated AGV and AMR applications. We are excited that CRATUS has recognised the QT as a truly revolutionary product within this market. No other lidar sensor is able to deliver such accurate data to the perception stack and provide a performance level D safety rating that is required for this industry. We see CRATUS as a very capable partner and first mover within the space,” said Bob in den Bosch, Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Hesai.

CRATUS and Hesai will work together to release a series of drivers, middleware, and end solutions to accelerate adoption of the QT128 lidar sensor within the material handling sector.