HUAWEI starts developing smart roadsJanuary 14, 2021
Despite the fact that HUAWEI is not a car manufacturer, the Chinese tech giant is focusing on the transportation ecosystem. In particular, the electronics manufacturer is actively developing smart roads that will be adapted for use by electric vehicles with an autopilot system.
HUAWEI has already built a test four-kilometer section of the road in Wuxi, which is located in the Chinese province of Jiangsu. Now the X-Bus, equipped with an artificial intelligence system, runs along this route. The vehicle independently drives back and forth, overcomes obstacles, stops, accelerates and collects an impressive amount of information for further analysis.
Special sensors and multiple cameras help the bus to distinguish between traffic lights, street signs and obstacles. In addition to sensors, the road itself helps the movement of the bus: according to the HUAWEI engineers, it literally “talks” to the autopilot system.
According to Bloomberg, such a HUAWEI project is the country’s first steps towards building smart road infrastructure throughout China in order to increase their safety. The key goal of the Chinese company during the development phase is to obtain information from the road itself, and not only with the help of sensors and cameras placed on the vehicle. Such a solution is possible only when building smart roads.
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