Will Huawei's 'Qiankun' Revolutionize Smart Driving?

On the eve of the 2024 Beijing International Auto Show, Huawei announced the launch of its brand-new smart car solution brand, “Huawei Qiankun”, further solidifying its technical strength and market position in the field of smart cars. The product line includes “Qiankun ADS” intelligent driving system, “Qiankun Vehicle Control” vehicle control technology, and “Qiankun Car Cloud” service, aiming to provide users with a more intelligent and personalized driving experience.

Huawei’s Smart Car Solutions Division, established in 2019, has invested more than 30 billion RMB in R&D and has 7,000 R&D personnel. Its smart components had exceeded 3 million sets in 2023, showing Huawei’s strong growth momentum in the field of smart car components. At the same time, Huawei has established cooperative relations with more than 300 partners in the industrial chain to jointly promote the development of intelligent car technology.

Qiankun ADS 3.0, based on the GOD (General Obstacle Detection) network, has made a quantum leap from simply “recognizing obstacles” to deeply “understanding the driving scene”, thereby greatly enhancing the safety and driving experience of intelligent driving. Furthermore, Qiankun ADS 3.0’s new architecture adopts the PDP (Predictive Decision Control) network to realize pre-decision and planning in one network, thereby achieving human-like decision-making and planning, human-like driving trajectories, higher traffic efficiency, and a pass rate of >96% at complex intersections.

Relying on the strong base of Huawei Cloud, rapid iterations of capabilities are realized. The computing power has reached 3.5E FLOPS, the training data volume has reached 30 million kilometers per day, a 3-fold increase in half a year, and the model iterates every 5 days.

At the same time, Qiankun ADS 3.0 has further advanced active safety. The newly upgraded omnidirectional anti-collision system CAS 3.0 continuously enhances the forward active safety capability and realizes a further enhancement of ESA (Emergency Steering Assistance). In scenarios where the AEB (Automatic Emergency Braking) braking distance is insufficient, the system automatically steers urgently to avoid obstacles without the need for a person to trigger the steering wheel first. Lateral active safety supports more scenarios, such as supporting diagonally crossing vehicles, bicycles, and electric vehicles; supporting more flexible evasion space.

Qiankun ADS 3.0 is the industry’s first to launch the NCA function of intelligent driving from parking space to parking space, realizing full-scene penetration from public roads to park roads, from park ground to underground parking spaces, bringing users an unprecedented convenient experience.In the area of intelligent parking, Qiankun ADS 3.0 takes it a step further by supporting park-and-walk feature. Upon reaching the destination, you can select the parking spot, exit the vehicle, and the car will park itself — all without waiting around. At the same time, valet parking service has been fully launched for all scenarios and the vanguard plan has been initiated — by the end of 2024, the services is expected to be available in 100 commercial parking lots and 2000 community and office parking lots.

Besides the advanced version of Qiankun ADS 3.0, an ADS SE version has also been released. With basic intelligent parking capabilities, it supports easy driving on highways and parking wherever the parking spot is visible, allowing more users to enjoy an equitable and beneficial smart driving experience.

In terms of vehicle control, Qiankun’s iDVP 2.0 smart car digital platform, vehicle control modules, and XMOTION 2.0 body motion collaborative control system were launched. These not only provide a personalized driving experience but also enhance the overall efficiency of the vehicle system through a centralized architecture.

Qiankun Car Cloud 3.0 service covers the entire lifecycle of car usage, from preparation, getting in, using, parking, to servicing. It provides several applications including digital keys and remote controls, placing emphasis on data security and user privacy protection.

Intelligence is the essence of Harmony, and it is also the relentless pursuit of the Harmony cockpit. The new generation of Harmony cockpit brings about a comprehensive upgrade in audio and visual senses, marking yet another leap in user experience.

The Qianwu Engine is introduced onto a vehicle for the first time. It helps in voice recognition and can identify the seat of every passenger based on their voice patterns. Moreover, it records personal preferences to provide a tailored service. Qianwu understands cars perfectly with a full-vehicle knowledge map and can answer user queries accurately. Additionally, the Qianwu engine can serve devices cross-platform, assisting the vehicle to navigate directly to the location shared by the phone, ensuring a seamless service.

The all-new Qiankun audio system opens a new track for intelligent sound systems. The most luxurious extraordinary series introduced this time brings more stunning sound quality. It pioneers with voice-following technology, utilising AI audio-visual analysis technology and AI space sound technology, capable of remixing 3D sound in the cabin. This creates an immersive audio-visual experience. The newly enhanced smart sound field experience enables independent sound zones in the front and rear seats, ensuring the singing in the front and movie watching in the back don’t interfere with each other.

In addition, Huawei’s Car Smart Screen brings high dynamic and natural light sensing display technology, allowing the screen to avoid overexposure in bright areas while having detailed high-definition display in dark areas, signifying a new era of all-scenario smart screen display. Besides, the Hongmeng cockpit adopts Qiankun XSCENE light field screen, with features of large-format display, immersive sensation, motion sickness relief, and eye fatigue mitigation.

Looking forward, Huawei’s intelligent vehicle solution business will continue to deepen its efforts in the field of intelligent vehicle components. By 2024, more car models loaded with Huawei Qiankun intelligent vehicle solutions are expected to launch. These models would encapsulate numerous brands like “DF”, “CCAG”, “GAC”, “BAIC”, “SERES”, “Chery”, and “JAC”, demonstrating Huawei’s extensive influence and potential for collaboration in the intelligent vehicle field.

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