Xpeng’s new 2021 production model will be the world’s first mass-produced smart EVs equipped with lidar, the company said in a statement.
Livox said it has customized its Horiz sensor for Xpeng to meet automotive-grade requirements and deliver cost efficiency and reliability for production models.
The implementation of lidar in XPILOT architecture – Xpeng’s autonomous driving system – is claimed to enhance its safety as well as the ability to cover a comprehensive range of driving scenarios.
According to the release, Livox is enhancing the detection range of its Horiz sensor to 150m (for objects at 10% reflectivity), enabling Xpeng’s XPILOT system to easily detect any remote obstacle while on highways and urban roads.
The customized solution also includes a new ‘ultra FPS’ (Frames Per Second) lidar technology concept. With a rotating-mirror technology, the objects within the lidar’s ROI (Region of Interest) will acquire a 20Hz point cloud data when the whole system is working at a frame rate of 10Hz.
The new ROI point cloud density is hence increased to 144 lines equivalent at 0.1 seconds without the need for extra laser transmitters. The increased point cloud density enables the faster detection of tiny objects on the road surface, including pedestrians, bicycles or even traffic cones. The horizontal FOV of Horiz has also reached 120°.
Xpeng’s autonomous driving platform XPILOT already integrates camera, millimeter-wave radar, ultrasonic and other sensors. The addition of lidar will provide an enhanced level of safety redundancy, by allowing more accurate imaging of the road situation.
It is also said to enhance target detection, measurement accuracy, performance in low ambient light and other challenging perception conditions, and will improve the overall performance of NGP (Navigation Guided Pilot), AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking) and other functions.