Arbe Robotics Ltd., an international pioneer in perception radar solutions, announced its strategic alliance with Weifu High-Technology Group and KargoBot, DiDi’s autonomous freight unit. The newly formed partnership aims to provide 4D Imaging Radars built on the unique chipset of Arbe. The three parties have agreed to form a collaborative platform in China to advance the research, development, and commercial applications of 4D Imaging Radars in the autonomous driving sector. This was made public by Weifu in an independent announcement earlier today.
Why It Matters:
DiDi Global is a frontrunner in China’s inventive mobility technology, offering safe, inclusive, and sustainable transportation and local services globally. KargoBot, DiDi’s self-driving freight subsidiary, is committed to the R&D and commercial exploitation of autonomous driving technology for L4 autonomous trucks. In 2023, KargoBot secured a commercial autonomous vehicle test license in Beijing and has since seen its cumulative revenue surpass 100 million yuan by March 2023. The decision to utilize Weifu’s imaging radar system, built on Arbe’s chipset, came after a comprehensive evaluation to improve safety in their autonomous trucks.
KargoBot has unveiled a unique hybrid unmanned solution that pairs a lead vehicle fitted with a driver assist solution and multiple L4 autonomous trucks. This system significantly increases efficiency across a range of commercial operations. KargoBot currently operates over 100 autonomous trucks. In response to the needs of KargoBot’s L4 autonomous driving system, Weifu will develop and produce 4D Imaging Radars using the Arbe chipset. This initiative will enhance high-speed data processing, 360° perception, and real-time intelligent decision-making, ultimately bolstering the safety and reliability of autonomous logistics and transportation services.
Xu Yunfeng, CEO of the Weifu Group, expressed pride in their selection by KargoBot to provide imaging radars for L4 trucks, stressing that these vehicles demand the highest safety standards and advanced sensing capabilities. He also acknowledged the partnership with Arbe as instrumental in providing top-tier imaging radar solutions to the fast-growing autonomous driving and V2X markets.
Arbe’s Perception Radar chipset is set to transform automotive safety by offering ultra-high resolution at a mass-market price, irrespective of environmental conditions. Arbe’s technology facilitates more detailed imaging than the leading radar solutions currently available, improving stationary object detection, false alarm reduction, and interference avoidance and mitigation.
Kobi Marenko, CEO of Arbe, expressed enthusiasm over DiDi’s KargoBot integrating radars based on Arbe’s chipset into their L4 trucks. Their choice attests to the advanced nature of Arbe’s technology. The implementation of next-generation imaging radars is expected to push forward the development of autonomous vehicles and contribute to a safer future for everyone.
KargoBot, Weifu, and Arbe have committed to strengthening their strategic cooperation and combining resources to further the advancement and commercialization of autonomous driving solutions in the logistics and freight field.