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Shanghai 5G demonstrator integrates smart roads, autonomous buses and city systems

At the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park in Shanghai, Human Horizons is using 5G, V2X communication, big data, cloud computing, LiDAR technology and artificial intelligence (AI) to “realise an ecosystem of autonomous driving”.

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Chinese automotive technology company Human Horizons is demonstrating what it claims is the first 5G autonomous driving traffic management system in the world to integrate the ‘vehicle-road-city’ ecosystem.

 

The Vehicle-Road-City Integrated Smart City development, in the AI hub of the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park in Shanghai, aims to lay the groundwork for the operation of autonomous vehicles in future smart cities.

 

 

Autonomous ecosystem

 

At the 100,000-square-metre AI hub, Human Horizons is using 5G, vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication, big data, cloud computing, LiDAR technology and artificial intelligence (AI) to “realise an ecosystem of autonomous driving”.

 

The traffic management monitoring centre receives and analyses data from the road and the three L3 dual-redundant autonomous shuttles travelling within the park. It uses cloud computing for remote, on-demand dispatching of vehicles.

 

The 3D + 3 Sensing holographic road sensing network uses high-precision cameras, radar and LiDAR to monitor vehicles and evaluate driving conditions.

 

The 3D + 3 Sensing holographic road sensing network uses high-precision cameras, radar and LiDAR to monitor vehicles and evaluate driving conditions. Edge computing is used to build a ‘holographic prototype’, according to the company’s website.

 

“Collectively this provides a successful demonstration and holistic solution for the vision of accident-free, emission-free and congestion-free mobility,” a statement from Human Horizons said.

 

The initiative is part of a larger Human Horizons project called ’3 Smart’ focused on the integration of smart vehicles, roads and traffic management systems.

 

Red tape

 

Ding Lei, chairman of Human Horizons, commented: "The implementation of the ’Smart City’ project demonstrates that our ’3 Smart’ strategy is both an ambitious as well as a practical goal. The development of future human mobility must be combined with the ’intelligentisation’ of roads and cities.”

 

However, he noted: “While much progress is being made, it will still be some time before Human Horizons’ ’Smart City’ can be rolled out on a much larger scale. However, if we can cut through the red tape, Human Horizons’ ’Smart City’ could stand as a shining example of how science and technology can improve daily life for all people."

 

"We are going to continue to evolve and develop our technologies and the opportunities will surely continue to manifest themselves,” he added.

 

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