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Chinese city unveils autonomous urban road project

The project falls under the Chinese start-up’s 3-Smart strategy, which brings together smart cities, smart vehicles and smart transportation

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Human Horizon's open urban road test project in Yancheng
Human Horizon's open urban road test project in Yancheng

Chinese start-up Human Horizons (HH), which focuses on smart technologies and new energy vehicles, has demonstrated autonomous driving on an open urban road in Yancheng, China.

 

The project is being delivered through HH’s “open urban road test for sensor data fusion and computational coordination” technology.

 

Building blocks of a smart road

 

Using road sensing, cloud computing coordination and in-vehicle control technologies as building blocks, the smart road demonstration project is intended to both simulate and integrate complex and detailed real-life traffic scenarios.

 

These include intra- and inter-city traffic, highway and overpass traffic and comprehensive traffic dispatch. It also supports the testing of L3 (conditional), L4 (high level) and L5 (full) autonomous driving, and the testing of all types of smart vehicles.

 

According to HH, the open urban road test establishes a “solid foundation for comprehensive optimisation of traffic management, autonomous driving and smart transportation of the future”.

 

In addition, it is anticipated the project will lead the way in utilising 5G communications for data transfer and cloud computing.

 

“Smart transportation is an important component of smart cities. It is one of the best areas for implementing AI and big data analysis technologies,” said Ding Lei, chairman of Human Horizons.

 

“This is receiving great attention in major countries around the world. Building smart roads is of strategic significance to the transformation and upgrade of the auto industry and to the creation of smart city ecosystems.”

“Smart transportation is an important component of smart cities. It is one of the best areas for implementing AI and big data analysis technologies”

As an integral part of the smart road project, HH has developed Pilot (for autonomous driving), Parking (for autonomous parking), and road-sensing architecture for V2X coordination (RSA-C), enabling the vehicle to deal with multiple and complex scenarios in real-life traffic.

 

The three technological platforms are intended to work together to ensure road safety, alleviate traffic congestion, and efficiently allocate road resources. The birth of these three advanced platforms will also help solve some constraints of autonomous driving such as high equipment costs and limited sensing (for instance, around blind corners).

 

It will play a disruptive role in promoting the large-scale adoption of autonomous driving in the future. Smart road enabled autonomous driving will be more time-efficient, more reliable, more agile, and more intelligent, added HH.

 

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