Postmates, Ouster Team Up for Lidar-Enabled Delivery Robots

Image: Postmates

July 25, 2019      

SAN FRANCISCO – Ouster, which develops high-resolution lidar sensors for autonomous vehicles, announced this week that delivery company Postmates selected the company’s Ouster OS1 lidar sensors for its Serve autonomous delivery rover deploying in Los Angeles.

The Ouster OS1 lidar includes a combination of performance, light weight, and reliability to give the Serve the ability to navigate sidewalks, detect pedestrians, and interact with the community safely, Ouster said in a statement. Combining Postmates‘ “Socially-Aware-Navigation system” with Ouster’s multi-beam flash lidar architecture, the rover will enable a new platform for on-demand commerce, the companies said.

Size and scale

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The Serve rover can autonomously navigate sidewalks. Image: Postmates

“The OS1 lidar’s range, size, durability, and high-resolution are a perfect fit for Serve,” said Ali Kashani, vice president of special projects at Postmates X. “Over the past few years of development, it has become clear that lidar is an integral component to both detecting and interacting with the world around Serve, and Ouster is bridging that connection.”

The Ouster OS1 uses the same complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) technology seen in consumer digital cameras and smartphones, giving it the manufacturing scale necessary for mass deployment, as well as advanced perception capabilities for the Serve rover.

“Serve is exactly the kind of application that benefits from the OS1 lidar’s small, lightweight, and power efficient design,” said Angus Pacala, co-founder and CEO of Ouster. “We can’t wait to see Serve on sidewalks later this year.”

The companies said Serve autonomous delivery rovers equipped with the Ouster OS1 lidar sensors will be deployed first in Los Angeles. Postmates said it is the leading on-demand delivery company in L.A., with partnerships that include Sugarfish, Salt + Straw, Trejos Tacos and The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. The company is operating in more than 3,500 cities across the U.S. and Mexico, providing access to more than 500,000 merchants.