Hesai specializes in designing and manufacturing laser sensors for different industries, including LiDARs (3D scanners for self-driving cars and robots), and gas leak remote sensors for natural gas industry.
Hesai was founded in 2013 in Silicon Valley and now is headquartered in Shanghai, with about 200 employees (>30 PhDs) from top-notch universities such as MIT, Stanford and Tsinghua, and industry leading engineers from top tech companies such as Apple, Samsung, BMW, Delphi, Huawei, etc. Hesai currently owns 1 research center and 2 manufacturing centers. Hesai's LiDARs have served pioneering autonomous driving technology companies worldwide. More than 1/3 of 54 companies who have autonomous-driving road-test permits in California are Hesai’s customers.
Hesai has finished several rounds of financing (>$60m cumulatively), from top-tier strategic and financial investors such as Baidu Apollo, Lighthouse Capital, Pagoda Inv. and Zhenfund.
Chairman, Chief Scientist, Recipient of the National Thousand Talents Program
Dr. Sun obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering and PhD minor in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2013. His advisor at Stanford was Professor Ronald K. Hanson (a member of national academy of engineering), a leading researcher in laser based optical sensors. Dr. Sun's primary research interests are to develop laser-based absorption sensor for gas-phased species monitoring and low-cost LiDAR system. He has published more than 20 journal and conference papers, among which some were selected to IOP Select (Institute of Physics in UK)，“100 Years of Combustion Kinetics at Argonne”, Spotlight of OSA (Optical Society of America). He also obtained Outstanding Paper Award in the journal "Measurement Science and Technology" in 2013. Dr. Sun is a member of the “1000 Talents Program” in China and is appointed as a full professor in the department of Automotive Engineering at Tongji University.
Co-founder, CEO of Hesai Technology, Recipient of the National Thousand Talents Program
Dr. Yifan “David” Li receives his PhD in Robotics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and BS Degree from Tsinghua University. Prior to founding Hesai, Dr. Li served as the principal engineer at Western Digital Corporation in Silicon Valley, specializing in advanced motion control system for the robotic systems on hard drives. Dr. Li has received multiple awards including China's National Thousand Talent Program, and CYZone 30 Under 30. In his spare time, he enjoys basketball, triathlon, and photography. His online travel blog exceeded tens of millions of visits on Renren.com. He is also an electronics hobbyist, and his most memorable project to date is a mechatronic diamond he designed when proposed to his wife several years ago.
Co-founder, CTO of Hesai Technology
Shaoqing Xiang obtained his bachelor's degree from Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) in 2003, ranking 1st in the Department of Precision Instruments. He received fellowship award and obtained dual Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Stanford University (California, USA). Before co-founding Hesai, Mr. Xiang worked at Apple, Inc (Cupertino, California) as an iPhone Hardware Systems Integration Engineer. His work at Apple includes next generation iPhone circuit design, iPhone prototype development, and overseas manufacturing/testing line bring-up. In his spare time, Shaoqing Xiang loves building and collecting models, and his passion for engineering was largely inspired by this hobby since childhood.