On December 8, 2021, Yuanrong Qihang, an autonomous driving start-up company, released a L4 level autonomous driving solution for front loading – deepproute driver 2.0, with a cost of less than 10000 US dollars. Yuanrong Qihang is the first automatic driving company to reduce the cost of L4 automatic driving to less than 10000 US dollars. The launch of the scheme broke the dilemma that L4 automatic driving could not be mass produced due to high cost, making it possible for large-scale mass production of automatic driving.

The scheme adopts 5 solid-state lidars and 8 cameras, which can form a 360 degree accurate perception of the surrounding. Compared with the automatic driving solutions in the current market, there is no complex sensor structure on the roof of Yuanrong Qihang’s automatic driving vehicle. Most of the sensors are embedded in the body, maintaining the streamlined design of the vehicle.

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Yuanrong Qihang deep route driver 2.0

According to the road test video released by Yuan Rong Kai, the automatic driving system of the scheme also has the performance of “old driver” in city complex road conditions, which can accurately identify traffic lights, various traffic participants, and surrounding static and dynamic obstacles. In busy traffic flow, it can also easily complete complex operations such as changing lane continuously, avoiding temporary roadblocks, and choosing the most efficient road.

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The L4 auto driving car, which carries a front loading plan, runs at night peak (video link). https://v.qq.com/x/page/y3312p22b8g.html )

Zhou Guang, CEO of Yuanrong Qihang, said: “Yuan Rong Qi Xing attaches great importance to the cost of automatic driving at the beginning of his establishment. Through a series of innovative technologies, the limitation of hardware to the system is weakened. The perception algorithm of Yuan Rong Kai line can well adapt and fuse the data of solid-state lidar and camera. Through our own reasoning engine, the complex automatic driving system can also be calculated with low cost and low power consumption. Platform operation. In addition, the self-developed camera and other hardware devices also reduce the overall cost of the automatic driving system.

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Yuanrong Qihang deep route driver 2.0 adopts solid-state lidar

L4 level automatic driving is expensive, and the cost of tens of millions was once a curse to limit the commercialization of this technology. Therefore, many enterprises in the industry do not directly develop automatic driving technology, but adopt the “progressive” technology development route of continuous upgrading from L2 to L4. Which of the two is the first to achieve mass production of automatic driving has always been controversial in the industry. Some people think that L2 technology cannot be “upgraded” to L4, while others think that the cost of L4 technology at this stage is too high, it is difficult to enter the front assembly to achieve mass production, and it is impossible to accumulate enough data to prove its effectiveness.

In this regard, Zhou Guang, CEO of Yuanrong Qihang, believes: “Only by building a real driverless at a relatively low cost can we reduce the cost and increase efficiency of the project and realize the mass production of automatic driving technology faster. At the beginning, regardless of the cost, although the R & D can obtain better system performance, it will face great pressure to reduce the cost before mass production. At the beginning, if the requirements for technology are reduced due to the cost, it is a demand for automatic driving technology in a sense The deviation of driving technology makes it more difficult to achieve mass production of automatic driving. “

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Yuanrong Qihang automatic driving mass production route

In terms of product planning, from 2022 to 2023, Yuan Rong Kai will expand the depth technical cooperation with the main engine plant, and develop a pre production plan of vehicle gauge level. It is estimated that by 2024, the L4 class automatic driving system will start mass production and enter the market on a large scale.

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Time planning for mass production of autopilot in Yuanrong Qihang

This scheme will also be used in the future robotaxi operation of Yuanrong Qihang. In order to meet the needs of data research and technology iteration after large-scale deployment, Yuanrong Qihang will realize the continuous iteration of automatic driving technology in the closed loop of data collection and analysis, algorithm improvement, simulation, real road test and version upgrade in a data-driven manner through a mature data closed-loop system, Improve the ability of autopilot to deal with the long tail scene in engineering.

Due to the requirements of laws and regulations, the L4 level automatic driving volume is large, and the vehicle still needs the driver’s supervision for a period of time. Vehicle enterprises and autonomous driving enterprises can accumulate massive data at this stage and continuously carry out technical iteration through data closed-loop to deal with the emerging boundary scenarios in the future. But with the opening of regulations and policies, motorists will no longer need drivers.

In September this year, Yuanrong Qihang obtained a US $300 million strategic investment led by Alibaba, becoming the only autopilot company in China to obtain investment from Internet giants. Yuan Rong Qi Xing is also the first company to carry out automatic driving trial operation in downtown Shenzhen. Up to now, it has accumulated nearly 30 thousand orders. Among them, 95% of the passengers gave 5 star praise, which believed that the automatic driving vehicle had the advantages of intelligence, stability and comfort. Yuanrong Qihang has accumulated more than 3 million kilometers of test mileage in the busy core urban areas of Shenzhen, Wuhan and Hangzhou.

In 2020, Dongfeng Motor Co., Ltd. and Yuan Rong Kai hang and many other enterprises reached the “automatic driving pilot project” to build the largest automated driving team in Wuhan. By 2022, the number of automatic driving vehicles was no less than 200. In 2020, Yuanrong Qihang also cooperated with Cao Cao travel in the test and operation of automatic driving online car Hailing.

“Yuan Rong Kai hang has been concentrating on building an automatic driving system. On the basis of ensuring safety, reliability and intelligence, we hope to continuously reduce the system cost through technology, enable automatic driving to achieve pre assembly production, and provide users with” sitting up “automatic driving service. Zhou Guang said.

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