With 60% of the world’s population projected to live in cities by the year 2050, Asia is playing catch-up to European and U.S. centers that have already started work in earnest to create smart cities that will actually use technology for the greater good.
Human Horizons, an automotive-technology company, is building a smart city infrastructure in the AI hub of the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park in Shanghai. 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 depending on who you ask, the term typically describes an urban area that prioritizes the use of technology in its infrastructure.
Human Horizons may be best known for battery electric vehicles, however, over the past twelve months with the ‘Smart Road’ project in Yancheng, China in January 2019, through the release of the all-electric premium brand of HiPhi in July 2019, to now the implementation of the “Smart City.” the company has demonstrated its strategic blueprint for smart vehicle, smart road and smart city.
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, a ‘smart road’ network, and a smart city traffic management monitoring center.
LiDAR technology is also on display, demonstrating solutions on how it can be used to support 5G networks. The Human Horizons traffic management monitoring center receives and analyzes data from the road and the three autonomous shuttles traveling 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 this provides a successful demonstration and holistic solution for the vision of accident-free, emission-free and congestion-free mobility.
As the first truly smart 5G-V2X capable vehicle, 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. . . . Human Horizons’ smart city could stand as a shining example of how science and technology can improve daily life for all people.”
Source: Human Horizons Technology