Top 7 Lidar-Equipped Smart Cars: Unveiling Their Resale Value & Cutting-Edge Features

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Author: Wang Jie

If you want to choose a car equipped with advanced intelligent driving assistance features, you’ll most likely have to pay for lidar. Lidar has become the mainstream hardware solution for intelligent vehicles, and while it boasts powerful sensing capabilities, it has one obvious drawback: high cost.

We have chosen seven lidar-equipped models produced by automakers available in the market, and collaborated with our partner Che300, a national vehicle trading and financial big data service platform, to access their one-year resale value data, as shown in the chart below.

Note that for models that haven’t been delivered for one year, we used the available data to estimate their values and presented them as one-year resale values.

These intelligent vehicles are quite popular in the market, with prices all above RMB 300,000. The top three are the well-known “Weixiaoli”.

The top four models are equipped with either one or two lidars, while the last three have three lidars each. This proves that although lidar is expensive, it is not a stable factor for increasing resale value.

The first place goes to a familiar face on our list, the [Ideal L9 2022 Max Edition], featuring one lidar, six 8-megapixel cameras, and two NVIDIA Orin X chips, with a computing power of 508 TOPS. Of course, based on the previous data on the resale value of the entire Ideal lineup, I personally believe that the high resale value of Ideal models is due to their precise customer targeting and brand power.

The fourth place [Nezha S 2022 Pure Electric 715km Rear-Wheel-Drive Lidar Edition] is equipped with NNP4.0 intelligent navigation assistant system, which realizes high-speed or urban expressway navigation assistance functions based on two 8-megapixel cameras, two lidars, high-precision positioning, and high-definition maps, among other software and hardware components. However, this system has not yet been delivered.

The fifth-ranked Avita 11 2022 Long-range Dual-motor Version 5-seater and the sixth-ranked Extreme Fox Alpha S HI Edition Advanced Edition both use Huawei’s full-stack intelligent driving solution, securing first place in two separate issues of AutoLab’s “Leading Autonomous Driving Assistance Evaluation.”

These two models are neck and neck in terms of hardware competitiveness, each equipped with 34 perception hardware components, including 3 LiDAR sensors, 6 millimeter-wave radars, and 13 high-definition cameras. Built on the MDC810 intelligent driving computing platform with 400 TOPS computing power, each model can complete leading autonomous driving assistance and intelligent parking functions, showcasing impressive performance in actual tests.

Although LiDAR may not significantly contribute to retained value, its ability to enhance the intelligent driving experience is undeniable. Interested readers can refer to “Avita’s Exuberance vs. Ideal Pure-Visual Perception? Season Three of The Autonomous Driving Evaluation Has Arrived!” for real-world test data on the intelligent driving capabilities of the top three models on our list.


  1. Retained value data in the ranking is provided jointly by AutoLab and Che300, a leading second-hand car data platform in China. The data is derived from a comprehensive calculation of information from vehicle manufacturers’ ERP system suppliers, dealers, online vehicle collection apps, auction platforms, and financing and leasing platforms.

  2. Vehicle retained value refers to the ratio of the resale price of a model after a certain period of use to the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

  3. Due to the relatively short development period of new energy vehicles, retained values are primarily calculated based on one year. Vehicles with a usage period of less than one year are also presented as a 1-year retained value after calculations.

This article is a translation by ChatGPT of a Chinese report from 42HOW. If you have any questions about it, please email