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Cao Cao and DeepRoute Form Autonomous Driving Partnership


Cao Cao and DeepRoute Form Autonomous Driving Partnership Ahead of Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games

DeepRoute’s new Level 4 self-driving system will be used in Cao Cao’s autonomous robo-taxis service at the multisport event

DeepRoute, an international self-driving vehicle technology provider, and Cao Cao Mobility, a strategically invested business of Geely Technology Group, are pleased to announce the companies’ partnership to advance the design, development and commercialization of Cao Cao’s Level 4 autonomous robo-taxis service.

The autonomous vehicles, powered by DeepRoute’s innovative self-driving technology solution, will be deployed at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.

Cao Cao will integrate DeepRoute’s new Level 4 full-stack self-driving system, including its second generation sensing system, DeepRoute-Sense II, into its dedicated fleet of Geometry A fully electric vehicles at the multisport event. The autonomous robo-taxis represent a new milestone in Cao Cao and Geely’s vision to usher in a fully autonomous future where transportation is safer and more efficient. Asian Games athletes and guests will be able to use the Cao Cao app to seamlessly hail these vehicles to get around the event sites.

DeepRoute’s new, second generation sensing system, DeepRoute-Sense II, will transform Cao Cao’s fleet of electric vehicles into robo-taxis with advanced self-driving capabilities. DeepRoute’s comprehensive system provides vehicles with every component needed for Level 4 self-driving technology – including sensing, HD mapping, perception, planning and control, simulation system and cloud technology.

The slim, water-resistant roof-box design for DeepRoute-Sense houses seven DeepRoute-Vision vehicle cameras, three LiDAR sensors, a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) with two GPS antennas, and other advanced sensors. The system also integrates a telecommunication and data synchronization controller to accurately synchronize data from the different sensors in real time. With built-in 5G support, DeepRoute-Sense gives companies the ability to remotely control vehicles so operators can take over a vehicle’s driving system if needed. Plus, 5G capabilities will be essential for future vehicle-to-vehicle communication networks in smart cities. This fully integrated design makes it easier for companies to quickly and safely test and deploy autonomous vehicle fleets around the world.

“Our partnership with DeepRoute reinforces our shared vision of making transportation safer, connected and accessible as we work together to develop the highest-performing and safest autonomous vehicles,” said Jinliang Liu, chairman of Cao Cao Mobility. “As the chief partner of the 2022 Asian Games, we are excited to have the athletes and guests experience riding in autonomous robo-taxis, which will be be the primary mode of transportation in the not-so-distant future.”

“It is an honor to be working alongside automotive giant Geely and Cao Cao to demonstrate our innovative self-driving technologies at the upcoming 2022 Asian Games,” says Nianqiu Liu, vice president of DeepRoute. “Our second generation DeepRoute-Sense system will help drive this new era of transportation forward with our comprehensive self-driving technologies integrated into one compact design for easy integration and deployment.”

Source: DeepRoute

Geely to invest £250m in new London Taxi site to develop next-generation green cab

Geely to invest £250m in new London Taxi site to develop next-generation green cab

  • New state of the art facility for the next generation London Black Cab
  • Up to 1,000 jobs to be created and new apprenticeship scheme introduced
  • Significant increase in production planned from 2018

Geely have announced that it will invest £250m to build a new state-of the-art research, development and assembly facility for the London Taxi Company as the group prepares for the introduction of the next generation electric and ultra-low emission London Black Cab.

The investment will see the construction of a new purpose-built facility in the Ansty area of Coventry, close to the London Taxi Company’s existing factory. The 85,000 sq metre site will house all of the company’s research, development and assembly operations.

Up to 1,000 new jobs will be created through the investment in the site, which will eventually have the capacity to assemble up to 36,000 vehicles a year. This is a ten-fold increase on capacity at the company’s existing site in Holyhead Road, Coventry, which has been home to the London Taxi Company for almost 70 years.

Geely’s commitment to the London Taxi Company marks the largest ever greenfield investment in the UK by a Chinese company and is being backed with funding from the UK Government’s Regional Growth Fund and other UK and local government support.

The investment comes as the London Taxi Company continues the development of the next generation London Black Cab, which will be an ultra-low emissions vehicle to comply with new regulations being introduced by the Mayor of London that will reduce the level of emissions allowed from new taxis from January 2018. The new vehicle will be developed using significantly increased UK and EU content, bringing economic benefits through the supply chain. It will be launched in the UK at the end of 2017 and across international markets in 2018.

The investment underlines Geely’s commitment to LTC and the UK following its rescue of the business out of administration in 2013, since which time the company has invested significantly to restart production and fund the development of the successor to the existing TX4 taxi.

Production of the iconic London Black Cab began at the London Taxi Company’s existing Coventry site in 1948 since when more than 130,000 vehicles have rolled off the assembly lines. Today’s investment will ensure that Coventry remains the home of the London Black Cab.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Geely’s £250 million investment and the creation of up to 1000 jobs is great news for Coventry and a vote of confidence in our long-term economic plan to back business, create jobs and secure the recovery. It means that more hardworking people will have the financial security that a job and regular pay-packet bring and demonstrates that the UK is open for business. The London Black Cab is iconic around the world and I am pleased that the next generation will have a state of the art production facility in the UK”.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “The production of zero emission capable vehicles, incorporating the latest state of the art technology, is essential as we strive to create the greenest taxi fleet in the world for London. I warmly welcome Geely’s commitment to building this impressive new factory in Coventry, highlighting the UK’s position as a world leader in the development and manufacturing of ultra low emission technologies. The vehicles this facility produces will help transform London’s taxi fleet, boost jobs and growth in London and the West Midlands, and secure the long-term future of the taxi industry, whilst ensuring everyone who lives, work in or visits our city has the cleanest possible air to breathe”.

Li Shufu, founder and chairman of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, said: “This investment will secure the future of London Taxi Company. Almost two years after we acquired this company – in which we first took a stake in 2006 – it has become an important part of our global automotive strategy. Today’s announcement symbolises the close business links between China and the UK, which is an attractive market for Chinese inward investment. The London Taxi expansion will demonstrate the benefits of Anglo-Chinese partnerships, showing how we can harness our resources, industrial know-how and technology to produce an environmentally-friendly next generation electric and ultra-low emission London Black Cab that China and the UK will be proud of, and which can be a world-beater in export markets.”

Peter Johansen, Vice President of UK Operations for the London Taxi Company, said: ‘Coventry has been the home of the iconic London Black Cab for nearly 70 years so we are delighted that it will remain so for the next 70 as the London Taxi Company expands and goes from strength to strength. We are proud of the company’s regional heritage in an area that is steeped in automotive and manufacturing history. Geely’s investment in this new facility is testament to the dedication of all those who work at the London Taxi Company and this city’s reputation for producing world-class engineers. We intend to build vehicles in the vanguard of environmental technology which set new standards for comfort and performance.’

Source: Geely

Chinese car giant gobbles up Midlands electric van maker

CHINA has grabbed another slice of the West’s automotive industry with the acquisition of a promising British electric vehicle company.

The Chinese giant Geely has pounced on Emerald Automotive, a developer of light-weight hybrid electric vans, as part of a £120m expansion into green vehicles.

Geely, which bought the black cab maker Manganese Bronze for £11m last year, plans to use Coventry-headquartered Emerald to expand its range of low-emission vehicles, including taxis. No price was put on the deal.

The latest piece in China’s aggressive expansion into the global car market follows Dongfeng Motors’ purchase last month of a 14% stake in the struggling French car maker PSA Peugeot Citroen.

Geely, a £2.4bn-turnover industrial heavyweight, bought Volvo from Ford in 2010 in a £1.2bn acquisition.

Emerald, which also has bases in Essex and America, has about 25 staff and was founded in 2009 to develop lightweight electric vans.

Andy Tempest, the chief executive, said the buyout would secure the company’s long-term future and was a “fantastic opportunity” .

Source: John Collingridge The Sunday Times