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Video: DeepRoute unveils new robotaxi fleet

21 April 2022

DeepRoute.ai has unveiled what it claims is its most advanced autonomous robotaxi fleet and will be deployed in Shenzhen, China, in the coming months.

The fleet will be engineered for mass production and adoption by automakers and will be composed of 30 SAIC Motors Marvel R SUVs. The fleet will consist of Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities and DeepRoute is collaborating with local and global automakers to achieve series production.

DeepRoute said it expects its new Driver 2.0 technology to reduce the current $10,000 cost of its solution by about 70% with sensor configurations that can be customized to meet automakers’ needs. The fleet will come equipped with two to five solid-state lidars, eight cameras and an inference engine combined with Nvidia’s Drive Orin system-on-chips (SoCs) that will allow the company to meet automotive-grade standards for series production.

Other functions include:

  • Redundancy perception systems
  • 5G remote control
  • Network safety redundancy fused into the safety-critical system

The fleet does not have a traditional bulky sensor suite on the roof but instead has a sleek rooftop design that still allows for a 260-degree view and 200 m perception range.

Accelerating L4 vehicles

DeepRoute projects that mass production of Level 4 autonomous driving vehicles equipped with Driver 2.0 technology will begin in 2024 and be available for consumer purchase shortly after.

(Learn more about the levels of self-driving cars on Globalspec.com.)

With numerous L4 consumer vehicles on the road operating in a hybrid model, they will continuously gather additional data, laying the foundation for scalability of L4 autonomous driving in other cities.

The acceleration of L4 commercialization will allow for:

  • Data collection and analysis
  • Algorithm improvement
  • Simulation
  • Road testing
To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com

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