Chinese startup Human Horizons, a company focusing on "smart" technologies and new energy vehicles, unveiled its Smart Road Demonstration Project at a conference in Yancheng, China, Monday.
Human Horizons touts the event as the world's first Cooperative Intelligent Transportation System (C-ITS), which is being delivered through its Open Urban Road Test Project for Sensor Data Fusion and Computational Coordination" the company stated.
Ding Lei, Chairman of Human Horizons noted that, "Smart Transportation is an important component of smart cities. It is one of the best areas for implementing AI and Big Data analysis technologies. This is receiving great attention in major countries around the world.
Building 'Smart Roads' is of strategic significance to the transformation and upgrade of the auto industry and to the creation of smart city ecosystems."
Human Horizons describes their unique approach to simulation as using "Road Sensing", "Cloud Computing Coordination" and "In-Vehicle Control" technologies as building blocks that all fit together. The "Smart Road" Demonstration Project simulates and integrates complex and detailed real-life traffic scenarios using these tools.
The company describes many benefits of its new technology.
The "Smart Road" Project leads the way in utilizing 5G communications for data transfer and cloud computing, the company pointed out, rendering the Smart Road Project the world's first open urban road test based on sensor data fusion and computational coordination between roads and vehicles.
This precedent establishes a solid foundation for comprehensive optimization of traffic management, and autonomous vehicles.
According to Human Horizons, the "Smart Road" will also be open to other industry players, allowing road testing of smart vehicles and self-driving vehicles installed with in-vehicle communication devices for V2X coordination.
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