D90 SUV, the first product in SAIC Maxus C2B strategy, made debut on Shanghai Auto Show this year in self-driving mode and attracted great attention in the market. “Self-driving technologies in commercial vehicles will face more opportunities than passenger vehicles.” Zhao Honglu, General Engineer of SAIC Group Commercial Vehicle Technology Center ADAS, said to media.
Although D90 drove a short journey under self-driving mode, it could be concluded that SAIC Maxus has mastered the technological R&D capabilities for self-driving models.
“We give a departure order to D90, and then it would judge positions and accomplish a series of movements including starting, turning around and halting, all in the self-driving mode.” Zhao said. He also said that, the R&D of self-driving technologies would have a more solid foundation with improving safety configurations. Compared with passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles need more self-driving technologies to reduce drivers’ working pressure and improving journey safety. Currently, SAIC Commercial Vehicle Technology Center is co-developing self-driven heavy trucks with SAIC Hongyan Truck, providing products to customers from port tractor market.
Based on the newly-developed GPS, the self-driving system developed by SAIC Commercial Technology Center will have higher positioning accuracy. SAIC Commercial vehicle products will be more competitive in the market with high-precision maps in different self-driving modes.
The transform of products also means that SAIC commercial vehicles will be implemented as a specialized self-driving model. We believe that SAIC commercial vehicles will achieve the leapfrog developments in commercial vehicles with intelligent products.
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