Lidar specialist Quanergy Systems, Inc., has been selected as a lidar partner for Geely Automotive Group. Geely and Quanergy will collaborate on developing and commercializing solutions for the broad deployment of smart city and autonomous vehicle systems.
This announcement follows an initial deployment of Quanergy’s lidar-based smart city solution at intersections across the Hangzhou Bay Area, Ningbo City, and Zhejiang Province. This is the first smart infrastructure and intelligent vehicle deployment in China sponsored by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development with 5G-V2X, autonomous driving vehicles, and vehicle-road cooperation techniques.
The roadside sensing system features Quanergy’s AI-powered, 3D lidar traffic management platform. The platform integrates Quanergy’s M8 lidar sensor and QORTEX DTC software, which uses 3D perception algorithms to detect and track vehicles and pedestrians to increase the intelligence of infrastructure. Geely’s intelligent vehicles receive details on roadside objects through 5G wireless communication networks that are said to increase sensing performance, minimize blind zones and maximize safety.
“The automated transportation and smart city spaces are incredibly complex, and in the future, you will not have one without the other,” said Dr Louay Eldada, CEO and co-founder of Quanergy. “Smart city installations utilizing lidar technology will ultimately lead to the roll-out of autonomous vehicles that have the ability to communicate with each other, and with the infrastructure around them. Through our work with Geely, we are building one of the first connected ecosystems designed to enable seamless communication between vehicles and their surroundings, bringing us one step closer to our autonomous future.”
The strategic partnership between Quanergy and Geely marks one of the first lidar partnerships specifically created for the commercial deployment of smart cities and autonomous vehicles.
Their collaboration projects in smart city and autonomous vehicles will be showcased in the Quanergy booth at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. A car from Lotus, which is part of the Geely Group, will be equipped with Quanergy’s S3 sensors, displaying real-time perception of the show floor.