HiPhi Claims World’s First L4 Parking Technology

Chinese automaker Human Horizons will roll-out what it claims to be the world’s first Level 4 autonomous parking technology on its premium sub-brand’s HiPhi X model.

Its newly developed autonomous valet parking (AVP) system communicates with fixed sensory equipment such as lasers, radar and communications devices in parking areas. These identify and track vehicle and obstacle positions, sending this information via 5G to the vehicle to guide it to a safe parking space. It claims that drivers will be able to exit their car anywhere in the parking area and leave the car to park itself autonomously. Upon returning, drivers will be able to summon the vehicle to their current location using a mobile app and drive away.

The automaker says the integrated system of AVP can overcome the challenges autonomous vehicles face at underground parking lots with no GPS signal, blind spots and tight turning circles. Equipped with this technology, the HiPhi X will debut at the 2020 Beijing Auto Show, claiming the world’s first mass-produced smart electric vehicle to achieve Level 4 fully autonomous parking.

Human Horizons founder and CEO, Ding Lei said: “Human Horizons leverages technology to enhance the driving experience and efficiency while prioritizing user safety for our projects. With this in mind, we seek to promote autonomous driving and launch V2X technology ready for mass-market application.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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