JIDU Unveils First Concept Robocar

JIDU, an intelligent electric vehicle company backed by Baidu and Geely, unveiled on Wednesday its first concept robocar, the ROBO-01.

The company commented that the world is now transitioning from the “Fuel Car 1.0 Era” to the “Electric Car 2.0 Era”, and that the automotive industry is today entering the “Intelligent Car 3.0 Era”.

“The Intelligent Car 3.0 Era is the era of robocars,” said Xia Yiping, CEO of JIDU. “The transition to this new era is marked by the shift of driving power from humans to AI, with robocars ultimately achieving self-generating progress led by AI. The JIDU robocar aims to meet users’ needs for intelligent travel, in-car intelligent assistance and an intelligent cabin as the new era unfolds.”

The robocar was unveiled at JIDU’s first-ever branded event ROBODAY, held in the XiRang metaverse. At the unveiling, the first-ever digital human car owner, named Xijiajia, drove and interacted with the ROBO-01.

The digital human car owner named Xijiajia (Source: JIDU)

ROBO-01’s 3D borderless ultra-clear screen is designed to run throughout the driving seat to the main passenger seat, providing an immersive audio and visual experience. In addition, the door handle, shift lever, left and right indicator levers and other physical control keys have all been removed, making the human-vehicle interaction experience much more natural.

Furthermore, the ROBO-01 is built with a stronger AI perception and more active service capabilities. It is equipped with a front hood collapsible LiDAR, active liftable rear wing ROBOWing, foldable U-shaped steering wheel, liftable satellite speakers and adaptive zero-gravity seats.

The vehicle also has the ability to recognize the user’s emotions and interact with the outside world by expressing its own emotion. Its robotized front design integrates interactive AI pixel headlights and high recognition rate AI voice interaction system, enabling voice recognition functionality outside of the car itself for a natural communication link between humans, the vehicle and the environment.

(Source: JIDU)

The system is also equipped with NVIDIA’s “dual” Orin X chips and 31 external sensors, including 2 LiDAR, 5 millimeter-level wave radar, 12 ultrasonic radar and 12 cameras. Based on JIDU’s self-developed SOA cabin-driving fusion technology architecture, the “true redundancy” solution for autonomous driving was created by its dual systems for redundancy. The solution has been successfully tested and run on the JIDU SIMUCar (software integrated simulation vehicle), which has verified the safety and stability of JIDU’s autonomous driving system for mass production.

JIDU is the only smart car vendor in the industry that applies the full-stack Apollo autonomous driving unmanned capability and safety system. Capable of point-to-point advanced autonomous driving, JIDU’s system IS able to adapt to three main driving scenarios: high-speed, urban roads, and parking.

The intelligent cabin is equipped with advanced functions such as offline voice assistant, millisecond-level response, 3D human-machine co-driving maps, and full-scene interaction inside and outside the car.

(Source: JIDU)

JIDU is also the first company to launch the 4th generation Snapdragon Automotive Console Platform – the 8295 chip, which enables the 3D presentation of a boundless integrated ultra-clear large screen, meeting users’ needs of driving navigation, game entertainment, online office space and other scenarios.

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JIDU plans to officially launch a limited version of its first production model in the coming fall, which will be 90% similar to the ROBO-01 concept car. In addition, JIDU will also unveil the design of its second production model at this year’s Guangzhou Auto Show.