A glimpse of the future smart city?
Human Horizons, described as an automotive technology company, says it is building a ‘Smart City’ infrastructure in the AI hub of the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park in Shanghai.
The company says the project, called the Vehicle-Road-City Integrated Smart City, is laying the groundwork for high-tech roads and autonomous vehicles in future smart cities. The initiative is part of a larger Human Horizons’ strategic blueprint called ‘3 Smart’ which consists of smart vehicle, smart road, and smart city. Although the definition of a ‘Smart City’ varies, the term typically describes an urban area that prioritizes the use of technology in its infrastructure.
In the 100,000-square-meter AI hub, the ‘Smart City’ project of Human Horizons is using 5G, V2X collaboration, big data, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence to realize an ecosystem of autonomous driving ‘smart vehicle’ buses, ‘smart road’ network, and ‘smart city’ traffic management monitoring centre.
Lidar technology is also on display, demonstrating solutions on how it can be used to support 5G networks. The Human Horizons traffic management monitoring centre receives and analyzes data from the road and the three autonomous shuttles travelling within the park. It is believed to be the first 5G autonomous driving traffic management archetype in the world that integrates the vehicle-road-city ecosystem. Collectively, it is claimed, this provides a ‘successful demonstration and holistic solution for the vision of accident-free, emission-free and congestion-free mobility’.
As a 5G-V2X capable vehicle, the company says HiPhi 1 can seamlessly integrate into the V2X autonomous driving traffic management system of the smart city. Its L3 dual redundant autonomous driving systems also provide it with the capability of moving towards higher levels of autonomous driving in the future.
Ding Lei, chairman of Human Horizons, said: “The implementation of the ‘Smart City’ project demonstrates that our ‘3 Smart’ strategy is both an ambitious as well as a practical goal. The development of future human mobility must be combined with the intelligentization of roads and cities. While much progress is being made, it will still be some time before Human Horizons’ ‘Smart City’ can be rolled out on a much larger scale. However, if we can cut through the red tape, Human Horizons’ ‘Smart City’ could stand as a shining example of how science and technology can improve daily life for all people.”
“We are going to continue to evolve and develop our technologies and the opportunities will surely continue to manifest themselves. We look forward to a future with our smart roads and our smart cities. It will be awesome. But, for Human Horizons this is just the beginning.”