Autonomous Vehicle


Professor Liu Ming and his team at HKUST has developed the first non-contact freight logistics automated vehicle, which aims to help companies improve operational efficiency by providing customized design services, TaaS systems and smart transportation solutions.

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Commercialisation opportunities
Technology licensing agreement
Problem addressed

To facilitate contact-less freight transportation in the post COVID-19 world, Professor Liu Ming and his research team has developed an autonomous logistic vehicle to reduce direct human contacts, delivery time and freight costs, improving fuel efficiency and truck utilization.

  • The autonomous vehicle is composed of hardware and software systems including sensors, cloud server modules and algorithms to achieve autonomous navigation with a dynamics-based Model Predictive Controller (MPC).
Key impact
  • High safety performance; on road travel distance > 2,500 km without any accident
  • Total avoided contacts > 67,600
  • Achieved level 4 autonomy
  • Relying on the multi-sensor fusion system to achieve high-precision mapping, positioning, 360-degree obstacle perception, reasonable path planning, obstacle detour, autonomous emergency braking, intelligent parking and other functions of vehicles, providing a full-stack driverless technology solution.
  • Wide range of uses, can be used for logistics, manned, teaching, cleaning and security
  • High safety performance
  • High degree of adaptation


  • Chinese Patent Applied: 202010104509.6
  • Chinese Patent Applied: 201810029397.5
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) ( is a world-class research intensive university that focuses on science, technology and business as well as humanities and social science. HKUST offers an international campus, and a holistic and interdisciplinary pedagogy to nurture well-rounded graduates with global vision, a strong entrepreneurial spirit and innovative thinking. Over 80% of our research work were rated “Internationally excellent” or “world leading” in the Research Assessment Exercise 2020 of Hong Kong’s University Grants Committee. We were ranked 3rd in Times Higher Education’s Young University Rankings 2022, and our graduates were ranked 23rd worldwide and among the best from universities from Asia in Global University Employability Survey 2021.