At Mars Auto, we make autonomous trucks with a focus on highways to completely automate long-haul truck operations. Our team is actively developing an autonomous truck that drives in a safe and reliable manner from having a deep understanding of the surrounding environment.
Our autonomous system is built with a high emphasis on cameras, which is a slightly different approach than most self-driving companies that heavily rely on LiDAR and HD maps. LiDAR's sparse output and low sampling rate could be dangerous in our situation, where our trucks are driving at 60mph in highways. We heavily focus on camera first perception which is more reliable than LiDAR based technology.
Our goal is to completely automate long-haul truck operations. By automating trips on the highway, shipment can be delivered more safely and reliably while experienced drivers control the first and last mile.