Recently, Livox, the world’s leading lidar manufacturer, announced that it has reached an important cooperation with FAW Jiefang, the world’s largest heavy-duty truck OEM, and Zhitu Technology, a smart car R&D company founded by FAW Jiefang. The L3-class J7 super truck was jointly developed by FAW Jiefang and Zhitu Technology. Among them, FAW Jiefang was responsible for the development and design of the vehicle, Electronic and electrical, and wire-controlled chassis systems, and Zhitu Technology was responsible for the software and hardware system development of the automatic driving system.
With the increasing maturity of autonomous driving technology, human drivers seem to be slowly ending. However, to truly realize unmanned autonomous driving, “autonomous drivers” still have a long way to go. Data, infrastructure and other aspects need to be implemented and promoted, not autonomous driving technology (and autonomous driving technology is not yet mature), so if autonomous driving wants to completely replace human drivers, it still needs a lot of time. time.
During this period of time, autonomous driving technology has been advancing step by step and has been continuously applied to real driving scenarios, providing safer and more comprehensive assistance for driving, making driving safer and easier for card users.
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In this cooperation, Livox will be responsible for the mass production and supply of vehicle-grade lidars for the full life cycle of J7 L3 smart vehicles. This represents the world’s first mass-production project of vehicle-grade lidars applied to trunk logistics scenarios. Livox It will also serve as a new force for national auto parts to help FAW Liberation enter a new era of intelligent driving for a century-old car brand.
With its unique rotating mirror-like solid-state technology, and backed by DJI’s strong supply chain management capabilities, manufacturing capabilities and quality management system, Livox has successfully broken through the “cost, reliability, and availability that have restricted the large-scale application of lidar for many years.” The three major bottlenecks of “mass production” fully meet the requirements of autonomous driving for automotive-grade lidar, and have successfully been highly recognized by Zhitu’s R&D, quality and business teams.
In high-level autonomous driving systems, LiDAR has become an indispensable core sensor thanks to its excellent distance perception capability and strong adaptability to low-light environments. According to statistics, in the commercial heavy-duty truck driving scenario, the whole vehicle continuously travels on the highway for more than 17 hours a day. Such a year-round and high-intensity work requirement has made FAW Jiefang put forward robustness requirements for Livox lidar far higher than that of the passenger car project: not only including a 10-year 1.5 million km design life, but also a higher reliability, stability and vibration resistance.
Behind the higher product requirements, Livox has successfully met the above challenges with its fast and efficient customer response capabilities and a comprehensive intelligent manufacturing and supply chain system. Following the 10,000-unit mass production cooperation with Gaoxian Robotics in July this year, it has reached a new milestone in the industry of large-scale mass production of lidars.
With its unique patented DL-PACK fully air-tight packaging technology, Livox greatly simplifies the focusing process of the production line while ensuring the high reliability of the transmitting and receiving core components. Ten times the production efficiency of traditional mechanical lidar, ensuring mass production and greatly reducing assembly costs.
While ensuring mass production and delivery capabilities, Livox Horizon’s core components are all automotive-grade components (meeting AEC-Q and other relevant standards), and have passed ISO16750, IEC60068 and other reliability standard tests, and reached ISO11452, ISO7637, CISPR25 and other EMC standards The test standards ensure that the service life of the product, various test standards and results can meet the requirements of the vehicle regulations.
Backed by the DJI automotive-grade intelligent manufacturing center, the Livox product line not only has more advanced test equipment and a national-level qualified automotive-grade laboratory, but also has a mass production capacity of 100,000 units per year for a single production line. Planning and construction, the entire manufacturing center will eventually deploy 4-5 production lines to meet the annual output of 500,000 lidars. Livox has not only achieved a breakthrough in the research and development of automotive-grade lidar from 0 to 1, but is also able to respond calmly to automotive-grade mass production projects, and will fully guarantee the product reliability and timely delivery of FAW Jiefang J7 L3-level smart car projects. sex.
The design of the J7 L3 smart car has not changed much, and it is still the same as we are familiar with. The X-shaped front face and the headlights that are wide outside and narrow inside create a sense of sharpness. The design of the whole vehicle is like a Sharp eagle.
The English translation of eagle, EAGLE, falls on the front grille with distinct layers, and the embellishment of details once again strengthens the brand’s eagle totem.
To say it differently, the sensors used to support L3 autonomous driving are fully armed from head to toe.
Above the windshield, a larger sensor is set up to collect signals from the front of the vehicle; three cameras are set inside the windshield to receive different signals; sensors are also arranged on the rearview mirror, A camera is installed on the base, and a millimeter-wave radar device is installed below to support the blind spot warning function; the bumper is also equipped with a millimeter-wave radar to realize vehicle cruise, front obstacle recognition, automatic braking, etc.
The cooperation of these hardware enables this car to achieve L3 level automatic driving, with forward collision warning, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, full-speed adaptive cruise, lane centering, intelligent fuel saving, driver fatigue monitoring, blind spot Early warning, single-lane cruise, automatic lane change, safe parking and other functions, and even the ramp recognition function with high technical difficulties.
With multiple advantages such as high performance, vehicle-grade reliability, and mass production guarantee, Livox hopes to join hands with more partners to bring better perception solutions to intelligent driving in the future, helping to realize the era of intelligent driving as soon as possible.