Investment in the development of more than half imagined full automatic driving in 5 years can shine into China's reality?
At the same time, what is equally irresistible is the rising investment in autopilot. Data show that the volume of transactions in the auto driving industry chain has shown rapid growth in 2017. In 2017, sales of BOSCH motor and intelligent transportation technology in China amounted to 82 billion 900 million yuan. Wang Zhan, global vice president of Active Safety and User Experience and President of Asia Pacific, predicts that China's demand for ADAS will remain at an annual rate of 26% in the next five years. Significant changes are that, unlike the concept of self-driving that almost everyone at the previous auto show has been hot-speculating about, after the opening of self-driving road test in many cities in China, the focus of automobile enterprises has shifted to the competition of road test licence and local cooperation of self-driving in China.
"We are very interested in further R&D and road testing in China," said Dr. Peter, director of BMW Group and responsible for corporate finance and China affairs, which does not exclude the possibility of joint research and development of autopilot technology with Chinese partners. For the automatic driving road test in China, all the multinational automobile companies share the same idea as BMW. At present, Baidu has obtained many road test licenses, and has become a hot target for the cooperation of automobile enterprises. During the auto exhibition, news came from the public that a joint venture company would be established with DDT, and deep cooperation would be carried out in the fields of research, development, testing and travel of auto-driving. The controversy over the landing of auto-driving technology in China was imminent.
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"We remain very interested in road testing in China. Many cities in China have provided a very good environment for research, development and testing of automatic driving, enabling us to make continuous progress in technology and ultimately achieve the technical level of fully automatic driving." Dr. Peter said. Volvo also expressed the same expectation. Henrik Green, senior vice president of research and development of Volvo Automobile Group, said, "At present, Volvo is exploring cooperation with relevant Chinese parties to carry out pilot projects, and it is not yet possible to announce specific plans."
The company is also preparing the road test. "We are also studying when to introduce Level 4 on demand into the Chinese market. We are also considering various factors. In addition to licences, we need to integrate some supporting facilities, such as data, high-definition map access, to start road testing in China, but these are not too big obstacles. Wang exhibition revealed. In December 2017, the parts giant Delphi formally completed the separation of the powertrain business department, and officially renamed the company of the company, and turned to the development of the automatic driving system.
Since March this year, Shanghai, Chongqing and Beijing have successively opened road test for automatic driving and issued road test number plates for passenger car enterprises. But so far, no foreign companies have obtained a road test licence. China's liberalization of automatic driving test further aggravates the competition among auto companies in automatic driving technology. "BMW plans to launch the BMW iN-EXT in 2021, which has fully reached the third level (L3) of automatic driving technology from the perspective of automatic driving technology," Dr. Peter said. BMW has a very clear road map to promote research and development of automatic driving and road testing worldwide. "From the standpoint of technology reserve, BMW has basically possessed the fourth and fifth self-driving technologies to develop and test prototype cars. We believe we will bring the corresponding models to China in the future.
Because after the Uber autopilot accident, it is proposed that at least 200 million kilometers of road test should be carried out before the autopilot is put into commercialization, BMW autopilot is considered the most prudent scheme. L3 is considered to be a turning point towards true autonomy. Although the driver still needs to remain focused and ready to take over, the vehicle will be responsible for environmental monitoring and can independently complete almost all driving operations. The former L2 is still driven by the driver. The automatic system can only accomplish some driving tasks. The main technology is ADAS Advanced Driving Assistance System. At present, the automatic driving technology of traditional automobile manufacturers has generally touched the L2 level, but the advanced and comprehensive degree of technology is different.
Volvo, another traditional automotive company with a positive layout on automatic driving, gives the same timetable as BMW. Henrik Green said during the auto show that Volvo will launch L4 self-driving mass-produced vehicles by 2025, which will definitely achieve self-driving. "From L4 to L5, there is a very high demand for high precision map, and development depends to a large extent on laws and regulations.