Technology developed in Israel for driverless vehicles is to be adopted by Japan Post.
It will use sensors and software provided by Innoviz Technologies to gather mapping information that will ultimately guide a fleet of autonomous postal delivery cars on their rounds.
Innoviz’s LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) system can “see” better than a human driver, reducing the possibility of error and accidents.
Japan Post, which operates postal services and post offices for the country’s 125 million residents, announced their plans to install InnovizOne sensors on some of its vehicles during Scrum Ventures’ SmartCityX Conference in San Francisco, USA.
“Our innovative collaboration with Japan Post highlights the versatility of the Innoviz LiDAR and this is another example of new ways to use LiDAR in smart cities,” said David Oberman, VP Asia at Innoviz.
“We are grateful for the resources and support from Scrum Ventures to accelerate deployment of our InnovizOne LiDAR sensors for constructing digital maps and bringing value to Japan residents.”
Japan Post’s delivery vehicles will generate the detailed digital maps needed for autonomous vehicles. They will gather information such as changes in roads and buildings along delivery routes.
Innoviz’s solid-state LiDAR sensors and perception software provide a comprehensive 3D image of a scene that is beyond the scope of cameras.