AutoX has released a new video showcasing how its fully driverless RoboTaxis handle the rush hour conditions of China’s urban villages in the ultimate autonomous driving challenge.
In the video, an AutoX fully driverless RoboTaxi cautiously navigates its way around crowds of pedestrians and pets, bikers, scooters, and roadside food stalls during evening rush hour in a Shenzhen urban village.
Ultra-high-density residential neighbourhoods in major cities, including Shenzhen and Guangzhou, that are typically surrounded by skyscrapers, transportation infrastructure, and other modern urban developments are the perfect environment to showcase the Level 4 fully autonomous RoboTaxis.
The RoboTaxi in this video is equipped with the AutoX Gen5 system, which was released on July 6 in Shanghai. The system has 50 sensors in total, as well as a vehicle control unit of 2,200 TOPS computing power (‘TOPS’ is a metric that means trillions of operations per second, or Tera Operations Per Second).
There are 28 cameras capturing a total of 220 million pixels per second, six high-resolution LiDAR offering 15 million points per second, and 4D RADAR with 0.9-degree resolution encompassing a 360-degree view around the vehicle. Using cameras and LiDAR fusion perception blind spot modules, the Gen5 system covers the entire RoboTaxi body with zero blind spots.
The Gen5 offers the world’s best sensor resolution and computing capabilities for Level 4 autonomous driving systems. It enables AutoX RoboTaxis to drive safely on China’s complex urban streets by detecting even barely perceptible delivery scooters behind vehicles from several hundreds of meters away. The system’s higher resolution sensing capability also enables RoboTaxis to drive at higher speeds safely.
The AutoX Gen5 system’s components go through rigorous automotive grade testing before going on the dedicated assembly line. After integration with the Gen5 system, each RoboTaxi also undergoes automotive grade testing, including vibration testing, waterproof testing, extensive road testing, and more.
In January, AutoX launched China’s first fully driverless RoboTaxi service to offer rides to the public without accompanying safety drivers. After six full months of operation with a perfect safety record, the company is moving forward with the production of its Gen5 system to expand its RoboTaxi fleet.
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