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Human Horizons launches self-parking cars

The launch of AVP and its application in car parks and highways makes connected autonomous smart mobility another step closer.


Chinese smart mobility and autonomous driving research company Human Horizons has rolled-out its Autonomous Valet Parking (AVP) system on its HiPhi X production vehicle.

The world first launch comes after successful development and testing at the Shanghai Research Centre and marks a milestone in advanced autonomous driving technology research.


Vehicle and road integrated technology


The system delivers Level 4 autonomous driving, which is the ability of a vehicle to drive itself within controlled areas, thanks to a combination of vehicle and road-integrated technologies.


Fixed sensory equipment such as lasers, radar and communications devices in parking areas can identify and track vehicle and obstacle positions and send this information via 5G to the vehicle to guide it to a safe parking space. Drivers can leave their cars anywhere in the parking area and vehicles will park themselves autonomously.


Upon return, car owners can use a mobile app to summon their vehicle to their location within the parking area, and then drive away.


Human Horizons said its valet system transforms the difficulties autonomous vehicles face in underground car parks with no GPS signals, blind spots and tight turning circles.


Autopilot System for user safety


In addition to the AVP system, the HiPhi has a newly released autopilot system, which Human Horizons

compared to aircraft safety design. It uses a dual-redundancy system whereby backup components ensure reliability even in the case of single-component malfunction.


This system can start, stop, turn and drive the vehicle within a 0-130km per hour speed range and allows drivers to take their foot, hands, eyes and attention off the road. This is due to the placement of 24 sensors throughout the car that include smart front view and surround-view cameras, millimeter-wave radar, ultrasonic radar and driver status detection cameras.


Human Horizons Founder and CEO Ding Lei said: "Human Horizons leverages technology to enhance the driving experience and efficiency while prioritising user safety for our projects. With this in mind, we seek to promote autonomous driving and launch V2X technology ready for mass-market application."

This system can start, stop, turn and drive the vehicle within a 0-130km per hour speed range and allows drivers to take their foot, hands, eyes and attention off the road.

Last year, as part of its strategic blueprint of the Smart Vehicle, Smart Road and Smart City ecosystem, Human Horizons established the world’s first smart-road capable of V2X driving in Yancheng, Jiangsu province in China. The team also launched a 5G vehicle-road-city integration demonstration project in Shanghai’s Zhangjiang Artificial Intelligence Park.


HiPhi is Human Horizons’ premium EV brand. It is constructed from lightweight hybrid aluminum-steel, sustainable plant-based leathers and recyclable materials. It is planned to debut at the 2020 Beijing Auto Show from later this month.


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