Robosense, a Chinese laser sensor startup backed by big names such as BYD and Alibaba, said on Monday that it has secured a pilot deal with Toyota, as the Japanese automaker plans to integrate Robosense’s lidar sensors into many of its production vehicles. The lidar maker said its M1 lidar sensors, which currently detect objects within 200 meters ahead of a car, will be used in more than 10 million vehicles from nearly 20 carmakers. Other than existing partnerships with giants such as BYD, Geely, and Alibaba’s logistics arm Cainiao, the Shenzhen-based company recently reached a deal with Huawei-backed electric vehicle brand Aito which plans to launch its first model equipped with the sensors this year. [TechNode reporting]