Chinese internet giant Alibaba is speeding up its autonomous driving efforts with the launch of its first-ever L4-class self-driving logistics vehicle at The Computing Conference in Hangzhou. The company disclosed that the car is still under testing.

Developed by Alibaba AI Labs, the new driverless van eliminates the driving cabinet but two displays are embedded in each side of the car, informing other vehicles or pedestrians of its next move. Designed for urban logistics delivery, the car can travel at a speed of 30 to 40 kilometers per hour (19-25 mph) with a carrying capacity of several tons.

Velodyne’s 16-line laser radar is used on the front and rear and sides of the vehicle. The roof is equipped with a Velodyne 32-line laser radar, a binocular camera, and 5 monocular cameras. Other sensors such as RTK (real-time kinematic) and ultrasonic radar are hidden in the body.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.