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Xiaomi's autonomous driving team has over 500 staff members

Gabriella From Gasgoo| August 12 , 2022 15:55 BJT

Beijing (Gasgoo)- Chinese tech giant Xiaomi’s autonomous driving team has grown to over 500 employees, Lei Jun, founder and chairman of Xiaomi, disclosed on August 11th.

Xiaomi's autonomous driving team has over 500 staff members

Photo credit: Xiaomi

Xiaomi plans to deploy an autonomous driving fleet of 140 test vehicles, preliminarily, to conduct nationwide R&D and validation works. By 2024, the company aims to stand among major players in this field.

According to the chairman, Xiaomi has formulated a technology strategy regarding proprietary full-stack algorithms, which covers the cover areas of autonomous driving, including perception, prediction, high-precision location, planning, and control. The company decided to built its own data-closed-loop system to effectively drive the iteration of core algorithms and products. Lei Jun disclosed, the company has achieved quite a bit of progress.

Xiaomi's autonomous driving team has over 500 staff members

Photo credit: Xiaomi

In a video clip shown by the company, Xiaomi’s autonomous driving test vehicle realized such capabilities as making autonomous U-turn without protection, bypassing accident vehicle, stopping for pedestrians, circling roundabouts, autonomous parking and charging, etc. 

Lei Jun said that Xiaomi plans to put in RMB3.3 billion ($489.222 million) into autonomous driving R&D, and is actively recruiting talents in the field. The existing 500-people team also include employees from DeepMotion, the autonomous driving startup it acquired earlier.

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