July 12, 2021
Inceptio Technology has exhibited two models of mass-produced autonomous-driving heavy-duty trucks. Developed in cooperation with Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle (DFCV) and Sinotruk, the trucks are equipped with Inceptio’s self-developed, full-stack autonomous driving system Xuanyuan.
The trucks were displayed at the 2021 World Artificial Intelligence Conferernce (WAIC) in Shanghai, under the theme of “Intelligent Connectivity, Inspirational Cities.” The collaboration between Inceptio, DFCV and Sinotruk began in 2019, and has resulted in a vehicle-level full-redundancy control-by-wire chassis in the heavy-duty truck category. This allows multi-redundancy in its steering, braking, and power systems, the companies said.
Inceptio also presented its automotive-grade hardware suite for mass-produced truck models, including lidar, millimeter-wave radar, camera, GPS/IMU, computing platform, gateway, T-Box, and IVI-Box. The company said the auto parts have passed strict engineering, development, and product certification, as well as electrical, mechanical, environmental, and electromagnetic tests, with a life cycle of 1.5 million kilometers.
Following the completion of a cold test during the winter in Heihe City, Inceptio said it performed the accelerated durability test for the trucks, and will soon carry out a “hot test” of durability in Hainan. In May 2021, Inceptio obtained China’s first ISO26262 ASIL D certificate of AD truck development process for functional safety.
Released in March 2021, the Xuanyuan system is able to accurately identify small objects in driving scenarios, even in cases of obstructions or sparse point cloud inputs. The system is powered by an asymmetric 3D neural network module algorithm based on Inceptio’s 3D point cloud semantic segmentation. The Fuel Efficient Autonomous Driving (FEAD) algorithm, which targets heavy-duty trucks, is aos compatible with more vehicles and road conditions, the company said.
With a computing power of up to 245 Total Operations Per Second (TOPS), the on-board computing platform’s CPU and neural network also supports a wider array of advanced AD sensors, up to 12-channel 4K HD cameras, and 10-channel+ 1,000/100 Base T1 Ethernet, as well as aa built-in GNSS sensor.
“Only through full-stack self-development for mass production will we maintain a long-term competitive edge as an autonomous driving company,” said Julian Ma, founder and CEO of Inceptio Technology. “Inceptio Technology is the forerunner of realizing automotive-grade mass production of AD trucks and safe operations on complicated open roads. It is now accelerating to be the leader in AD technology.”
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