Xpeng Motors has chosen Livox, a number one producer of lidar gear, to deploy its automotive-grade lidar expertise in Xpeng’s 2021 manufacturing autos. We lately reported that Xpeng would be the first company to deploy lidar technology in a production electric vehicle, we now know who its provider is. 

Livox custom-made its “Horiz” lidar sensor (the automotive-grade model of its Livox Horizon) for Xpeng, not solely assembly automotive-grade necessities but additionally assembly an appropriate value level whereas delivering the reliability needed for manufacturing vehicles.

The implementation of lidar in Xpeng’s ADAS system, known as XPILOT, will additional improve the system’s security in addition to the flexibility to cowl a complete vary of driving eventualities needed for superior driver’s help methods.

Xpeng partners with Livox for Lidar technology

Livox is enhancing the detection vary of its Horiz sensor to 150m (for objects at 10% reflectivity), enabling Xpeng’s XPILOT to simply detect any distant impediment whereas working on highways in addition to secondary and tertiary roads.

Xpeng tells us that Livox’s custom-made system for Xpeng additionally features a new “extremely FPS” (Frames Per Second) lidar expertise idea. By way of a cleverly designed rotating-mirror expertise, the objects inside the lidar’s ROI (Area of Curiosity) will purchase a 20Hz level cloud information when the entire system is working at a body charge of 10Hz.

The brand new ROI level cloud density is subsequently elevated to 144 strains equal at 0.1 second with out the necessity for additional laser transmitters. The elevated level cloud density allows quicker detection of tiny objects on the highway floor, together with pedestrians, bicycles, and visitors cones.

The horizontal subject of view of Horiz has additionally reached 120°. This significantly enhances the driving expertise by resolving many persistent challenges confronted by drivers, together with the removing of blind spots towards potential cut-in autos.

The addition of lidar successfully improves the automobile’s high-precision recognition efficiency, considerably enhancing your complete automobile’s notion capabilities, significantly the accuracy and spatial decision within the horizontal and vertical axes, enhancing the flexibility to keep away from pedestrians and static obstacles. Coupled with lidar’s means to observe small obstacles no matter ambient mild ranges, which can present better security redundancy for XPILOT’s ADAS features.

Xpeng’s XPILOT 3.0 already integrates 12 ultrasonic sensors, 5 high-precision Bosch fifth era millimeter-wave radars, 13 autonomous driving cameras, and makes use of NVIDIA Drive Xavier, NVIDIA’s most superior autonomous automobile chip, in addition to QUALCOMM’s top-line in-vehicle processor, the Snapdragon 820A. 

Including lidar to the combination won’t solely present a better stage of security redundancy by permitting extra correct imaging of the highway conditions, however can even improve goal detection, measurement accuracy, efficiency in low ambient mild, and different difficult notion circumstances. It can considerably enhance the general efficiency of Xpeng’s NGP (Navigation Guided Pilot), AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking), and different features.

XPeng’s P7 with XPILOT 3.0 has been known as China’s first “L3 autonomy-ready” manufacturing automobile and may start getting the lidar addition someday within the first quarter of the 12 months. As soon as COVID-19 journey restrictions have been relaxed, we plan to go to Xpeng’s headquarters in Guangzhou, China to see first hand simply how properly the system works.