Xiaomi is revving up its entry into the automotive industry, unveiling five core technologies that promise to redefine the driving experience.
The Chinese tech giant, best known for its smartphones and gadgets, showcased its ambitions at the Xiaomi EV Technology Launch, revealing its vision for a future filled with electric vehicles seamlessly integrated into the “Human x Car x Home” smart ecosystem.
Xiaomi Pilot Takes the Wheel
Among the five core technologies unveiled, Xiaomi Pilot Autonomous Driving takes center stage. This system, powered by three key innovations, aims to push the boundaries of self-driving capabilities:
- Adaptive BEV Technology: This industry-first tech adjusts perception algorithms based on driving scenarios. With a perception grid ranging from 5cm to 250m and a minimum granularity of 5cm, it ensures precise obstacle detection in urban environments, extended vision at high speeds, and centimeter-level accuracy for parking maneuvers.
- Road-Mapping Foundational Model: This revolutionary model goes beyond real-time road recognition. It can intelligently switch to optimal driving trajectories and navigate complex intersections without relying on high-definition maps. This is achieved by learning from complex scenarios and experienced driver behavior.
- Super-Res Occupancy Network Technology: This innovative network recognizes irregular obstacles with unlimited categories, unlike traditional systems that treat obstacles as simple blocks. Xiaomi’s vector algorithm models all visible objects as continuous curved surfaces, improving recognition accuracy to within 0.1 meters. Additionally, a one-click noise reduction feature eliminates the impact of rain and snow, further enhancing precision.
Beyond Perception: End-to-End AI and Top-Tier Hardware
Xiaomi’s autonomous driving ambitions don’t stop at perception. The company has also developed the world’s first production-ready “End-to-End Sensing and Decision-Making AI Model” for automated parking. This model allows for real-time adjustments and dynamic decision-making in challenging parking situations, including facilities with elevators.
On the hardware front, Xiaomi Pilot is equipped with top-of-the-line components. The Xiaomi SU7 Max model boasts two NVIDIA Orin high-performance chips with a combined computing power of 508TOPS, along with a comprehensive suite of sensors:
- 1 LiDAR
- 11 high-definition cameras
- 3 millimeter-wave radars
- 12 ultrasonic radars
The Future of Driving is Here
With its focus on full-stack in-house research and cutting-edge technologies like Xiaomi Pilot, Xiaomi is poised to become a major player in the autonomous driving landscape. By 2024, the company aims to have its intelligent driving system on par with the industry’s best, paving the way for a future where cars are not just vehicles, but intelligent companions seamlessly integrated into our daily lives.