NINGBO, Zhejiang – Geely plans to develop a fully autonomous driving system (SAE Level 4) that utilizes 5G communications, edge computing and V2X infrastructure technologies by 2022 that could be put into use at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou.
The ambitious plan for the recently crowned chief partner of the 2022 Asian Games was announced at the company’s 2nd Dragon Bay Forum held on May 10 in Hangzhou Bay in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, where Geely’s R&D Center is headquartered, as part of a vision for the future of autonomous driving laid out by Geely.
Geely is one of the leading companies to pilot autonomous driving technologies in China. In 2018, it became the first Chinese brand to apply Level 2 autonomous driving technologies into its mass production vehicles. As of the end of April, Geely has sold over 450,000 vehicles equipped with Level 2 autonomous driving technologies, ranking first in the mass produced Level 2 vehicle segment. Now the Level 2 technologies have also been applied to the PROTON brand volume production model to enhance the brand’s competitiveness in the overseas market.
As the chief partner of the 2022 Asian Games, Geely plans to create a driverless environment capable of taking athletes and guests around the event sites during the games using its L4 autonomous driving system.
In addition, Geely will develop an automated valet parking system which will allow cars to self-park and be able to be summoned to a location on demand using V2X and 5G systems. Geely’s research has shown that drivers in major cities such as Beijing spend up to 30 minutes looking for a parking spot each day, while drivers in Shanghai will spend up to 25 minutes leaving major car parks in malls or supermarkets every time they go shopping. The Geely automated valet parking system will offer greater convenience to users and make traveling more convenient.
“The goal of intelligent autonomous driving is to create a safe, secure mobility service that allows for vehicles and infrastructure to communicate freely,” said Li Shufu, chairman of Geely Holding Group.
On the sidelines of the Dragon Bay Forum, Geely also signed an agreement with the Ningbo government to establish an autonomous driving test zone in Hangzhou Bay and transform the district into a smart city. Starting in August 2019, the installation of road side sensors, edge computing systems and V2X/5G solutions will create a fully integrated system allowing autonomous cars to communicate with other cars and infrastructure around them.
“Geely is committed to transforming into a technology leader of which autonomous driving technologies will be at its core,” said An Conghui, president of Geely. “We are now focusing our efforts on developing Level 4 autonomous driving systems that are fit for Chinese and global market applications.”
The Dragon Bay Forum is opened mainly for discussion on China’s automotive technology development. The first forum was organized jointly by Geely and the Hangzhou Bay New District management in 2018. The 2019 forum brought together leaders from government institutions, as well as information technology, telecommunications and automotive industries to share ideas on the continual introduction of autonomous driving technologies.
The Hangzhou Bay New District is an important automotive production base in Ningbo, where Geely and SAIC-Volkswagen have set up manufacturing facilities to produce LYNK & CO, Geely, Volkswagen and Škoda brand vehicles. Last year, the two automakers produced 573,000 vehicles there with output value of ¥68.83 billion, up 16.3 percent from the previous year.